Have you ever felt a special connection to a certain song, or realized that a certain genre of music had an effect on your mood? Truth is most of us have, but do we do not really understand the complete affect that music has on our minds. The amazing thing is that music really does have a greater effect on us than giving us entertainment! Everyone perceives music a different way. Music can affect both memory and learning, and help in healing processes.
Music improves memory and learning in the human mind. Music has a drastic effect on learning potential. “According to The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, learning potential can be increased a minimum of five times by using this 60 beats per minute music” (O’Donnell). Imagine your current ability in your class rooms; now imagine your learning potential increasing by five times. The quality of your education would instantly be greatly increased. In addition, music can help increase your test scores. A study was conducted where one group of student listened to Mozart’s sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, one group listened to relaxation songs, and the last group did not listen to anything what so ever. They later took the Stanford-Beinet reasoning test, and the group that had listened to Mozart had improved test scores (How does music affect our body and brain?). Mozart’s musical pieces have 60 beats per minute, and so both pieces of data add up.
Music can also help humans with medical conditions. One example is elderly people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Music helps people with Alzheimer’s connect with people, and be happy (Mucci). Music can not only help elderly persons. When a harpist was introduced to a neonatal ward, the effects were apparent on the frantic babies. Practically all the infants breathed more easily; their heart rates steadied, and they rested. Many of them fell into deep sleep (Mucci). Not only can music affect Alzheimer’s, but I can also help with autism, Tourette’s, and Parkinson’s (How Does Music Affect Our Body and Brain?). Although there is tons of evidence showing the positive effects of music, exactly why music has such an effect on people with such ailments is still uncertain (Klosowski). So it makes sense that scientists are continually researching how exactly music effects healing.
Music has amazing effects on humans. It can help your memory and learning improve, and it can also help people heal. Unfortunately many people don’t believe in the effects that music can have on the human body. They have probably experience many of the benefits that music provides, but just have not been able to recognize them. Next time you’re listening to your favorite album, or song, remember that not only are you being entertained but you’re also feeding your brain.
Why do you believe that music and the mind compliment each other so nicely?
Has music ever affected your mood?
Are there any other studies going on right now that would compliment this data?