The very reason I have so much passion about teaching music is because of all the tough parts of my life that it helped me. I had an escape. I had something beautiful in my life. I had something that gave me joy no matter what else was happening around me. And I love to pass that on to others. After all, we are all going to have tough times in our lives at one stage or another.
Here are some wonderful facts about how music benefits our mind:
- Listening to 5-10 songs a day lowers your risk of depression by 80%, strengthens your immune system, and can improve memory.
- Music regulates neurotransmitters. Listening to music releases dopamine, which we interpret as a reward.
- Music students receive more academic honours and awards than non-music students.
- Music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students.
- Bringing music instructions into schools helps students be less agressive.
- Music can reduce chronic pain by 20%
- Listening to music is one of the few activities that uses the entire brain.
- Listening to 30 minutes of classical music is equivelant to taking 10 mg of Valium.
Even if you’re not taking lessons at this stage, listening to music and having it be a part of your daily life is extremely effective for your mental health as well.
Playing music is a form of mindfulness as it is giving you something to focus on. Often when I sit at the piano and play, I am processing something. Sometimes I’m escaping for a mini vacation of sorts, and sometimes I’m thinking through something that’s going on. Music helps me think a little more clearly.
So, all this to say, go download a new set of songs (bonus points for classical music) and start listening!