“Music is moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato
Music has been around us since time memorial. The importance of music in our lives cannot be overemphasized. Our relationship with music starts with the womb itself. The unborn child begins to develop an auditory system between 17 and 19 weeks. Musical education provides a unique opportunity for preparing young minds in dealing with the stress and tensions of life. Plato once said that “music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.” Almost everybody enjoys music be it listening, singing or playing an instrument. It is one of the very few activities that stimulate the whole brain. There are innumerable benefits of learning music.
It helps in increasing coordination. Children who play musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination just as in sports. It also helps in the development of motor skills.
Musical training helps in the development of language and reasoning. The left side of the brain which is mainly responsible for these functions develop better with music and songs help in imprinting information on young minds.
Memory is also improved while learning or playing music because children or adults constantly use their memories to perform. This important skill helps at all stages in life.
Learning music promote craftsmanship and people who learn it develop a desire to create good work instead of a mediocre one. This desire can be applied to all subjects and can lead to improvement in work.
Nowadays, there is a lot of musical therapy used to treat patients with stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also lead to emotional development with empathy towards other cultures. Students of music also tend to develop higher self-esteem.
Music students are better equipped to detect meaningful elements in sounds. People practicing music can have better auditory attention. They are also able to differentiate patterns in surrounding noise.
Introducing music since early days can help in building intellectual curiosity and imagination. It also helps in fostering a positive attitude towards life as a whole.
Many musical programs which require coordination as a group help in teaching teamwork. In such groups, one learns how to work together and build a camaraderie.
Since nowadays there is a lot of growth in the creative sector, music can also open a lot of doors for people learning to sing, create or play music.
Research has proven that music can develop spatial intelligence which allows people to perceive the world in a better manner and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is also helpful for mathematics and other subjects.
So, music can benefit everyone without any bias of place, money, gender, nation etc. It has immense social, intellectual and emotional benefits. Music is a major comforting factor in a lot of people lives. Music is now increasingly being used to treat brain injuries as it can access deeper neural pathways. When one listens to music, the feel-good neurochemical dopamine is released in the brain which plays an important role in learning. A higher level of dopamine helps in improving concentration, boosting mood and enhancing memory. Playing or listening to music increases the hormone oxytocin in the brain which increases the feelings of connectedness, trust, and social bonding.
At any age, you can start learning to play an instrument and studies show that just four years of music in youth helped in improving brain functions in tests 40 years later. There are researchers that show scores on memory tests of Alzheimer’s patients improved a lot after listening to music. Thus, you can have long-term benefits if you start learning music at any age.