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Why Music Is Important – 3 Reasons Why

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“Why music is important  – 3 Reasons” explains how music has universal appeal. It brings comfort to people, unites them, helps them learn, relax, and process emotions.

Music helps our brains

Doctors and scientists recommend that you listen to music to stimulate your brain. They know that listening to music engages your brain.  With an MRI they can actually see the active areas of the brain light up in the scans.  

Researchers have learned that even the promise of listening to music can make you want to learn more. In one recent study, people were more motivated to learn when they expected to listen to a song as their reward. 

Researchers gave people tasks that required them to read and recall short lists of words. Those who were listening to classical music outperformed those who worked in silence or with white noise.

The same study tracked how fast people could perform simple processing tasks such as matching numbers to geometrical shapes. Here, too, a similar benefit was discovered. Did you know listening to Mozart can help people complete tasks faster and more accurately?

New music challenges the brain in a way that old music doesn’t. It might not feel pleasurable at first, but that unfamiliarity forces the brain to struggle to understand the new sound.  This is an inexpensive way to drink from the fountain of youth. 

Music helps us relax

When scientists interviewed groups of people to learn why they listen to music they were told it helps to manage emotions and to help with changing their moods.  

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Listening to music has been found to reduce stress and anxiety even in critically ill hospital patients. Even front-line nurses, already a high-stress profession and worse during the pandemic, reduced their stress by taking breaks and listening to soothing music. One group of nurses listened to soothing music of their choice for 30 minutes while the other group simply rested quietly in a chair for 30 minutes. The nurses who listened to music had lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, than those who had simply rested. 

Music Helps Us Face Difficulty

Singing together releases endorphins that make us feel good.  They also increase our ability to tolerate pain; including emotional pain. like what we experienced seeing such disturbing pandemic images as the tractor-trailers used as overflow morgues in New York City in the early months of the pandemic.  Active musical engagement, including those over age 50, is associated with higher rates of happiness and good cognitive function.  

To wrap up we have covered 3 reasons why music is important, and the reasons that is true.  For more, check the resources below.

Additional Resources:

Reviewing the Effectiveness of Music Interventions in Treating Depression – PMC

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