Music is an art form that expresses culture and has its main medium as sound and sometimes, but in rare cases, silence. It has existed for centuries. Music has common elements in it, including pitch, which governs the melody and harmony. Music also contains the rhythm, tempo, articulation, and dynamics that will determine the loudness, softness, timbre and the texture. For centuries, music has been used for many different functions and has proven to offer a variety of benefits. Some of the top benefits are highlighted below.
Advantages of listening to music
Music increases excitement
Music helps one be happy. This can be explained scientifically. The body reacts to music by activating the brain to release chemicals called dopamine. This chemical leads a person to have a heightened feeling of happiness, excitement and peace of mind that leads to joy. This will, in turn, help one be on track and always be stress-free. It can also help in reducing stress-related diseases. Listening to music makes one excited, such that one might end up dancing to the tunes and in turn help in muscle build up and stretching.
Improves memory and learning
Take for example a hit song that you like. Since it is your jam, you will end up listening to the song until you get the lyrics. This will sharpen your memory and without a doubt, boost your sense of hearing. Music can as well be used as a medium of passing information to a targeted group. Research conducted explains non-musicians learn better while listening to positive music, whereas musicians learned better with neutral music. Music, therefore, improves brain activity and learning.
Since music increases excitement, and excitement is caused by a chemical reaction in the body. The chemical reaction is caused by hormones, which in turn counteract by releasing a hormone called cortisol that decreases stress. This will keep the stress levels to a minimum. Stress causes many diseases that may lead to the death of a person. Music brings positivity to a person’s brain and will counter the stress effect. It can also be used as a health precaution.
Helps improve IQ and academic performance
A study survey carried out suggested that young children with music knowledge came out with outstanding academic performances. This result was compared to other children who took part in other extracurricular activities. The result showed that children with knowledge on music came out with more significant IQ gained over the years. Music, therefore, helps with brain activity and wit. This, in turn, benefits a person both long term and short term.