Aside from the sheer joy of listening to music, there are more benefits. Studies have shown that music has an effect, both positively and negatively on our brains. The kind or style of music evokes many different feelings as most of us have experienced but will it help in memory retention and behavior change.
· music heals,
· reduces blood pressure,
· is good for your heart,
· boost immunity and
· enhances intelligence and learning.
According to Laurence O’Donnell’s article Brain and Music, it affects the amplitude and frequency of brain waves, breathing rate and electrical resistance of the skin. The article further states it can increase or decrease blood pressure and heart rate. But what does this have to do with learning? Good health is always a factor in learning but that part of the discussion is for another day.
For decades many talked of the Mozart Effect. Mozart’s music was shown to aid in memory retention. The 60 beats per minute pattern caused both the left and right brain to go into action at the same time. Learning and retention were improved because both sides of the brain worked together improving information processing. 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. Later, studies showed it doesn’t matter the type of music as long as it relaxes you. However, rock and acid rock was shown to have a negative effect on the brain and memory retention.
A study done by Ho, Cheung, and Chan shows a child trained to play or sing is affected more than one who only listens to music. Their research shows children who take music lessons develop a better memory than children who don’t.
One of the most interesting studies to me was done by researchers at UCLA. They tracked 15000 high school students. The group included eighth to twelfth grade students from the lowest income bracket who played musical instruments. “A higher percentage of these students achieved high-performing scores on math tests than did the general student population.”
“One cannot deny the power of music. High school students who study music have higher grade point averages than those who don't. These students also develop faster physically. Student listening skills are also improved through music education. The top three schools in America all place a great emphasis on music and the arts. Hungary, Japan, and the Netherlands, the top three academic countries in the world, all place a great emphasis on music education and participation in music. The top engineers from Silicon Valley are all musicians. Napoleon understood the enormous power of music. He summed it up by saying, ‘Give me control over he who shapes the music of a nation, and I care not who makes the laws’”
One of my parents, Mrs. Dubose said her nephew who is diagnosed as ADHD has better focus since participating in the For the Love of Music! program.
Our program participants are from low income families and many of the students are underachieving. We believe music will help. Just think about the life you will change with your donation.
How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml Ho YC,
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_7231124_music-affect-reading-math-scores_.html#ixzz2cjfrQdd4
Laurence O’Donnell. http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html