How Does That Sound? 4


Elaine Tong

Many people find music a passion where they can escape from studies, sit down, relax and play. Music can even be a lifesaver for some, and distract them from their trebles (pun extremely intended).

It can provide listeners with a powerful feeling, sometimes creating tears or frustration over the relatability of the lyrics. Music can even help people bond over a simple song or artist, and allow them to connect and somehow understand each other’s emotions.

However, music not only helps students find a passion, but it also enhances their academic learning.

Music, whether you hear it or play it, improves linguistic skills and physical and mental health.

Children from ages two to nine are at the stage where a musical environment is almost necessary for language development.

A clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine who is also of child psychiatry, Dr. Kyle Pruett states, “The development of language over time tends to enhance parts of the brain that helps process music. Language competence is at the root of social competence. Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent.”

Another benefit of playing or hearing music is the improvement in mentality. Music relieves the brain’s endorphins, otherwise known as a group of hormones relating to psychological functions and ease pain.

Furthermore, music can give a person some sense of control and relaxation, which can help after a stressful time. Being relieved of stress helps the immune system. A better immune system means fewer illnesses.

Not only does music improve mentality, but it can also improve physical health again benefitting the immune system.

Scientists state that a certain genre of music can stimulate happiness, allowing immune hormones to improve.

Adding on to an improvement of physical health, music can also be a soothing remedy for headaches and migraines. It decreases the pain, duration and how often they occur. Music moves further to ease and relax the heart with steady breathing patterns. It does this by lowering blood pressure, therefore benefiting the heart.

So, music can not only become an enjoyable habit, but it can also provide positive health and educational benefits.

How does that sound?


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