Music is probably the language that united all of mankind with a sense of bliss amidst the chaos that is our existence. We all agree music is the unexplained charm that has the power to soothe, relax the mind, bring us joy and from ancient tales, tame the beast. Perhaps it’s the body’s thirst for rhythm and the brain’s desire for a melody. Simply phrased, we use music to make our lives better. So how and why does it work? Neuroscientists claim that listening to music rouses the production of dopamine, through the reward centres in our brains, which elates us and makes us feel good.
Rhythm Of The Body
Believe or not, the human body is entrained to rhythm, this explains why our walks are in sync with the beats playing in our heads. Therefore, when music is processed in our brains, our muscles move to the groove without having to think about it. This further explains your cool dance moves and walks in time with the beat. This music feature is particularly helpful when it comes to helping stroke patients relearn how to walk and endure upper body strength. Our physiological response to music has further qualified music therapists to stimulate people in comas or to relieve stress in anxious patients.
Everyone at one point in their lives has had music tap into their emotional side. Whether it’s the beats, the words or just the melody echoed in our ears, it got to you. Music therefore can define how we feel, manipulate our feelings and even bring us to expressing them by writing and composing. Due to this intimate, emotional connection, music boosts our memories, attention skills and in the long run enhances learning. A great example is the basic ABCs.
Music is therefore the core function of the brain. Ever since we were infants, our brains have been programmed to respond to music. Mothers from all over the world have been known to use lullabies to soothe and keep babies calm. Logically, music precedes language. Because of this early induction, children respond enthusiastically to music. This is particularly helpful when working with children in therapy. When we sing along to a song, we create neural circuits in speech. This helps kids in learning communication skills and help some who has suffered a stroke re-learn.
Love For Harmony
As humans, we are social beings and music is a social experience. Traditional stories, songs and dances have been passed down for generations through music. Today we share these experiences by playing in bands, going to jazz clubs, singing in a choir or even elementary music classes. Organization and structure are for the brain, and music is just that. This enables us to listen to one song over and over, enjoying every time it plays. Of course not to forget that everyone loves music. Being a safe, motivating and non-invasive element has made music the apple of everyone’s eye. This is the cherry on top when it comes to music therapy.