Music to Your Ears: The Importance of Music

Music to Your Ears: The Importance of Music

Walaa Hejji, Staff Writer

Music as known by one can be completely different from another. The perception of music as an art and as entertainment varies between one another. What is music to you? A question that cannot be answered simply and that is the beauty of music. It is unique, mismatched, and special. Music is not only a collection of tunes and rhythms put together but comparatively a symphony of expression. With the power of one song, someone is able to feel the tiniest bit more secure or a little bit happier. There has always been a misunderstanding of the importance of music, especially in the classroom environment. It is thought of as a distraction but it is rather the opposite.

The greatest capability of music to a person is the emotional support it offers. Music can not only lift a person’s mood but change their mindset as a whole. There have been several psychological studies done to prove the power of music on the mind. “A meta-analysis of 400 music studies found that listening to music has the ability to reduce anxiety, fight depression and boost the immune system”. psychologist Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., who studies at McGill University, has also agreed with this statement, With this being said, there is no doubt that music is a powerful tool. In some cases, music is even used as a form of therapy. It is a form of therapy used to assist in both physical and emotional needs. With both benefits in health and entertainment, there is no doubt music is great for our lives especially our education.

 Learning, composing, and consuming music all have their very own special benefits. Learning music as a course in school like many students within the GAA community enhances the language capability of students. This is proven correct because  

the area of the brain controlling musical ability and language comprehension are related because learning Music requires students to recognize and repeat the pitch, tone, or enunciation of words. Problem-solving abilities in students have also been seen to have improved with the presence of music education. The ability of one to process situations and find an effective solution increases tremendously. These skills are tied to auditory processing and comprehension which is a skill largely practiced in music. Listening and making music will aid in reducing stress and anxiety. Music acts as an escape from reality to anyone, but particularly individuals undergoing stress and anxiety. With this being said, one’s memory improves as well because of how easy it is to remember songs you listen to or play. This acts as a memory exercise for the brain without you even trying. With the given information there is no doubt music is important to our well being and student life. Do not hesitate to educate your teachers and parents when music comes into a conversation as a distraction!