How Music Can Help You Blossom
The pursuit of learning is often a lifelong venture. There are many different pieces of advice to ensure that you or your child has the best access and opportunities to learning experiences. For instance, the value placed on reading in recent years is immeasurable. The education system understands that reading is one of the most important tools to help a child (or adult) develop a number of skills. Not only does it aid understanding, but reading also helps inference and also how to write effectively too. One component of the curriculum that has been very much overlooked, is music. The power of studying and developing your music skills can have a huge impact on your ability to learn throughout life.
Skills Developed Through Music
For many years in education, music has been seen as a niche area. It has been somewhat side-lined in modern school systems, much to the chagrin of many educators who know its value and worth. Potential musicians lacking opportunities at school, have been forced to create their own home studios, in order to be able to study the area they love in the most cost-effective way. Music equipment is generally expensive, luckily though, as home recording becomes more common, some home audio interface equipment is becoming more reasonably priced.
Those who study music find that they receive a number of personal benefits from doing so. The first and possibly most important is a boost in confidence and self-esteem. Let’s face it, learning to sing or playing an instrument is a difficult task. Taking time and effort to do so successfully, raises an individual’s self-esteem and provides them with confidence they can take into other learning and curriculum areas.
The Mozart Effect
However, the effect of music goes beyond the development of social skills. It has also been proven to enhance a person’s ability to learn math. A well-known concept called ‘The Mozart Effect’ was described by French researcher Dr. Alfred A Tomatis in 1991 book ‘Pourquoi Mozart’. The research describes the way in which the part of the brain that is responsible for spatial-temporal reasoning, is enhanced after listening to classical music played by this particular composer. Mozart’s pieces tend to be very sequential in their make-up, which increases the ability to deal with problems such as geometry or calculus. A study published in the journal ‘Nature’ discussed how a group of first graders were exposed to rhythmical musical games involving pitch and sequential skill development. After 6 months, this group of students scored considerably higher in math than a group of their peers who had received a traditional education in the subject.
The importance of concentration
Another powerful point of development is concentration. Studying music, whether it be listening for a certain key or learning how to play a favorite tune, requires a great deal of focus and concentration. The ability to concentrate should not be taken lightly. The number of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has rocketed in recent years. Music can help aid focus and this will have a positive knock-on effect in all areas of an individual’s life.
There is also a certain amount of interest given to the idea of listening to classical music while you study and the promise that it might make you more able to consume and store valuable information to be used in your learning. There is much value to be found in playing classical music without words while you study. It’s all about playing the right music at the right time. Choose calming melodies that don’t distract and allow for ample concentration; this will allow you to process the material in front of you, or provide an effective flow if you’re trying to write an essay for example.
You might also benefit from The Listening Program developed by Advanced Brain Technologies; this has been recorded by classical musicians all over the world and uses music to stimulate all areas of the brain, improving your mental, physical and emotional outlook by strengthening neural pathways.
For younger children and adults with speech and language issues, music-rich environments can be invaluable. Students learning to decode and break down language, find a similar study when they first hear different music. Using these same problem-solving skills, ensures that we develop well in these areas, thus making learning easier throughout the course of our lives.
Note from Dr. Carol: If you are interested in the Listening Program contact Total Learning Centers, success@TotalLearningCenters.com
Written by Sally Writes