“If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout.” (source: Keep Your Brain Young with Music, Johns Hopkins Medicine) We know all about the benefits of what listening to music can do for everyone, or that having music lessons for children is a great way to develop and improve their cognitive and psychomotor skills. (source: Assessment of music achievements in the areas of cognitive, affective and psychomotor development, Barbara Sicherl-Kafol, 2001)
I chanced upon Pegasus, an online magazine of the University of Central Florida (UCF), and saw one of its most popular courses about ‘Music and the Brain’ taught by two UCF professors — neuroscientist Kiminobu Sugaya and world-renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani. It is about how our brains respond to music and on the site, it was broken down into an interactive session that got me agreeing that music does make us happier, healthier and smarter!
Music Makes You Happier
Studies show that listening to music can benefit overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and reduce stress levels in the day to day. Go ahead and play your child’s favorite song, and watch their eyes (and their brain) light up – the study from UCF shows that different parts of the brain will light up associating emotional memories to the music. In fact, a study by Yuna L. Ferguson & Kennon M. Sheldon even suggests that you can successfully improve your mood and overall happiness in just two weeks!
Music Keeps You Healthier
Cannot seem to fall asleep? Yet another bout of insomnia? A study from one of the leading global nursing research teams proves that by playing some light, peaceful instrumental music to help you sleep better! Studies from Biology of Sport also suggest that music can enhance exercise, boost our mental and physical stimulation, and increase overall performance while using oxygen efficiently during workouts with higher intensity.
Music Makes You Smarter
Musicians or music lovers alike have a tendency to use music to help them focus better and even learn faster, says a journal from the Public Library of Science! (source: PLoS one, 2010) Memorizing examination preparation notes to your favourite songs have seemed to work for a few friends of mine in college! A Stanford study was done in 2015, showing that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
Music Benefits Young Children
Actively participating during music lessons and regularly attending music classes for children showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores. (source: TIME Magazine, Melissa Locker, 2014) This also effectively explains why more young families are beginning to find the best music school for kids and the best ages for their child to begin their musical learning journey.
Aureus Academy, Singapore’s leading music school for children, has one-to-one music lessons to ensure that participation levels are at its highest and at the child’s unique learning speed and habits. Enrol your child in a fun-filled music lesson and find out how learning to play music at Aureus Academy makes children happier, healthier and smarter! Click here to sign up for a FREE TRIAL or call 6158 5811 for more information.
Jacklyn is a Copywriter with Aureus Group, and making words flow to the sound of music is just about her thing! She hopes that her writing will be able to influence more people into experiencing the magic that music can bring. When Jacklyn is not crafting quirky and fun paragraphs or one-liners for work, she will be scrolling and swiping around for the next social media trend, singing for her neighbours from her living room, binging on Netflix or deep diving into the world of music and performing arts.