The Benefits of Music: Lots and Lots of Benefits!
Despite how overused as it is, music can be a wonderful skill to learn and also a way to impress potential mates.
If you’re reading this article, your knowledge of music likely includes the Sweet Escape playlist I posted just yesterday. That is as good as it gets, but there’s more to the field. Let’s take a look at the benefits and downfalls of it and a few other music skills the younger set can learn to add to their list of cool talents.
Music To Improve Your Subject Matter Knowledge
Remember the old saw about music being the language of the soul? Well, I think you can apply that to learning your subject matter. Remembering the fundamentals can be important to developing effective communication or any subject matter you’re interested in.
A study in the journal Brain and Language is about this. The scientists have been studying children between the ages of 5 and 10 to see if music had any effects on their thinking. They discovered that playing music activates a part of the brain known as the parietal cortex which is involved in navigating out of our comfort zone. Those that learned to play an instrument had stronger skills in social skills.
The researchers also noted that those children who learned to play music took longer to learn, but performed better, on working memory and was more active mentally. All of these are beneficial for school students.
Music To Generate Musical Interest
Turns out even if you’re not musical by any means, you can still use music as a way to feel and act the part. Although this is nothing like the Sweet Escape playlist, you can learn to play or create a tune using basic concepts, melodies and chords.
With Beginner’s guidelines online, the idea is to build up skills and get musical personalities going, as opposed to just mimicking the music. It’s a way to get you moving while learning to play music or just get the juices flowing.
Music To Create A Better Stage Presence
You’ve all seen these kids with their one-liners and awkward stage presence – it’s better to never take a chance of being wrong than risk embarrassment. Playing and creating music can be used to bring a “stage presence” to your life.
It’s fun to see how far a good rhyme goes. It’s like getting an eyeful of a clever phrase. For example, in Homegrown, a search for “ninjas” leads to this:
Teacher just say koowwwbow it
Ring out my roby-y uyow-y home-y-way –
If you can’t come up with something like that, you can learn some simple rhymes and try to mimic them. We all have musical abilities, and trying to use music to bring out some of those would be a good idea.
Music To Take Your Day To New Heights
Music is something kids are very familiar with, and even if you don’t do it as much as they do, music can be a great way to spice up your day and channel your inner artist. It can also help you to spend more time doing something you enjoy, which is better than spending all day in front of the computer.
No matter what you use music to do, I would recommend being creative and go on a day where you play music or create something that serves you.
How does music help you learn? Leave a comment and let us know!
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