Music for an Exceptional Life
We've all heard the saying "Listen to Classical music… it'll make you smarter!" The science doesn't exactly tell us how many points our IQ goes up each time we play some Mozart, but one thing is definitely beyond debate – Music has the power to boost our mood and contribute to our general sense of happiness and well-being.
Listening to (and feeling the vibrations of) music, can trigger a chemical release of Dopamine (feels good) Oxytocin (emotional love) and even lowers the stress hormone – Cortisol in our brain. The way music preserves neural pathways means we're instantly reconnected with happy memories and special moments from our life.
There are so many mechanisms at work in the brain where different parts light up that it stimulates the 'happy' hormones and helps more quickly form new pathways for increased learning capacity, retention, and creativity. Whether casually listening to music in the background or intently leaning into a particular recording, music's comforting presence has helped people suffering from depression or anxiety -especially in sad, lonely or isolated times (Covid19).
In terms of helping your child develop to their full potential and get the most out of school, having them learn an instrument is a very effective way of improving their ability for rational thinking, motor skills, concentration, interpretive skills, enhances their learning of numeracy and literacy and contributes to their social skills, teamwork, time management and general self-confidence.
Even if they don't learn an actual instrument, teaching children an appreciation for music and actively listening, describing, and feeling what they are hearing has been shown to improve brain plasticity, cultural appreciation, and identity formation.
The question is – WHAT SORT OF MUSIC IS BEST TO LISTEN TO???
ANSWER – what helps you feel empowered, motivated, relaxed, peaceful, etc. whatever you need at that moment – music can help get you on the right track!