Music For Improving Our Lives
Everyone loves a really good tune, a nice smooth piece of music to soothe us, comfort us or just make us feel good. Who would have thought that the same music that we look to for enjoyment and comfort had other benefits tucked inside those sweet sounding notes. The momentary and periodic inspiration we have come to take for granted in music also has the power to impact our lives for successful living everyday. It's more than elevator music. Almost any problem we can think of can be solved by the use of music. Whether it’s the harp, piano, guitar, saxophone,oboe or bassoon, the music that emanates from instruments in specific patterns and repetitions can help with problems we often encounter in our daily living. Even learning to play drums is beneficial in its rhythm. Begin to think of music as more than we logically think it is. Think of music as being synonymous with life; call it music life if you will. But understand that anyone can use the power of music to improve and enrich their lives.
Music For Learning
Parents all over the world have forced their kids into piano or other instrumental lessons for many generations. Even homeschooling parents today don't skimp on music lessons. Do they know something that the rest of us don't? Maybe they have an inkling or just stumbled unto it. But whatever their reasoning is, there is evidence that students who play an instrument or sing have a substantial edge on their other academic subjects. And the results are residual, carrying over into adulthood. Something about music, something very powerful, makes it easier to understand the subject they are attempting to study. Something about music makes the brain more efficient. Some experts claim it’s the integration between the two sides of the brain; working together. The resulting effect is that students who have the advantage of a music education, advance far ahead of their peers in being successful in school, on SAT and on other standardized tests. Even if music is introduced a little later, students can still reap the benefits. They will surprisingly do better in school than they have and will have gone from struggling to excellence in their studies. Some students have even found that they began to do better in understanding their problem subjects after only using music for studying. It would appear that putting, "learn piano" or any other music lessons on your child's to do list stands a good chance of incredible returns for their future. Even if all they are interested in is singing or playing drums, they still wouldn't miss the target of excellence in academics that will carry over into adult life.
Can Piano Music Heal Your Brain?
Music To Heal
Is there really such a thing as the best music to heal all of you? Stories of men, women and children making quick recoveries from harp therapy on hospital wards and music therapy in nursing homes have made their rounds around the world and back again. Even so, many who could be benefiting are still in disbelief. The idea of healing by music still seems too far-fetched and simple to be believed. But not to those who have been the recipients of such extraordinary healing and recovery. They are grateful. Many have cried tears of unbelievable joy. They have taken the gifts given them and have told their stories to whomever will listen.
Although much study and speculation continues, an increasing number of physicians and hospitals aren't waiting for more evidenced-based studies to tell them that music is a good method for healing and recovery. They've seen music’s amazing effect on the blood pressure, the brain, and the other physiological systems within the human body with their own eyes and have the records to back it up. They're not guessing at this. They know for instance that music can heal the brain. They know a good thing when they see it and want the good medicine that music has to offer their patients. No doubt their patients are grateful as doctors continue to court and explore music’s healing powers; stepping out in faith, often using their own finances. They probably should be called frontier doctors, because they are out of their field of expertise, yet are braving it to partner with musicians in ministry, previously unknown to them but equally dedicated to healing the sick. In their new relationship as doctor and musician, scores of specific music geared towards healing and recovery is created with the reward of and satisfaction of knowing that they are doing no harm, but a very good thing indeed. And the field of music therapy is wide open for anyone wishing to use their talents to heal as a career.
Motivation for Exercise
Using music for exercising isn't a new thing. People have been walking and running with music on various personal devices for more than 20 years. It’s still an effective motivator to get that exercise done. The only thing that’s changed is the variety of different exercises that we’re doing today. From simple calisthenics we have moved to jogging, hot yoga, Pilate's, kick boxing, strength training, speed biking,marathons and more. Music makes any exercise better. It’s helps one to slide into the mood and rhythm of the movement. In fact it would be difficult to find a public exercise class anywhere that didn't employ some music. Of course they've given the type of music a little thought. It should go with the flow of the movement that the class is all about. Take away the music and your class might disappear too. Music is still used for exercise because it still works to keep us moving.
Who hasn’t put on their favorite oldies or hip hop tune and cranked up the volume when they needed to finally get down to the business of cleaning the house, garage or mowing the lawn? Who hasn’t done the same to get the kids to clean their rooms and messes? Why? Because music makes difficult, challenging or monotonous tasks easier, more palatable, even fun. And not only will the things you don’t really feel like doing get done, they will often get done faster than they would have without the music accompaniment. Just try doing a chore you usually do with music, without the music for experiment’s sake, then note the difference. You’ll find that it was something you have been taking for granted for years.
Music For Thinking
Whenever you are under pressure or a deadline to come up with some good ideas for work, school, some memory work or other project, music can be counted on to help your brain to relax, sort and create fresh, new ideas. Most people have at least a few favorite music Cd's if not a wide selection of music to choose from. Without anyone having to tell you, you can sit down and listen to one of them and know within minutes whether it is conducive to helping you to think and create or not. If not, choose another. If you find that you don’t have any music that does what you need, go to the library, borrow music from a friend or go on-line and search for music for thinking, brainstorming and creating. Don’t give up until you find the music that is right and that truly inspires you. It’ll be worth it if gives you what you need consistently. You will have found your own personal goldmine for coming up with creative ideas.
Music For Good Sleep
Without a good amount of quality sleep on a regular basis, our bodies would soon begin to suffer. For insomniacs, a simple cure of soft quiet music is commonly recommended because it relaxes the stressful mind and body. But every night around the world, thousands experience chronic snoring or sleep apnea, that keep them up at night. They hardly know what a decent night’s sleep is. In 2005, a couple of Swiss scientists and a music instructor stumbled upon an odd yet life-saving phenomena, in an instrument familiar to Australian musicians, and believed to be the world’s oldest wind instrument - the didgeridoo. Just by regularly practicing and playing the didgeridoo, the instructor and his students had a dramatic decrease in snoring, enabling all of them to sleep soundly. Four years later, similar results were obtained with a trial of more than 900 musicians as subjects in 2009 utilizing plastic didgeridoos, as reported by the American Sleep Apnea Association. The results were reported to give the same benefits as the CPAP machine that many suffering from sleep apnea use. But patients shouldn't stop using their bedside breathing machines yet, but it certainly might be worth it to talk to your doctor about it and begin looking for a didgeridoo of your own. Your frantic search for something to help you get a good night's sleep may be soon be behind you.
Music As Medicine
Although the field of music therapy is fairly new to this medical generation, it has been around for ages; known and revered by ancients such as King David who not only used music to honor and praise God, he also saw music as a relaxing healing medicine. The many benefits that can be derived from music have been forgotten. The fact that music is powerful is quickly becoming evident. Music must now be rediscovered and accepted as good and helpful for it to be of use to the masses needing simple, affordable and non-invasive medicine in a system that’s accustomed to expensive pills and potions. But you can use music for your own benefit now and everyday. You can use music's healing power without cost or any side effects, only healthy life benefits with residual effects.
© Barb Johnson