We’ve heard the old adage, “listen to a sad song – become a sad song!”
Regardless, numerous studies have found that Music has a substantial impact on human development and well-being!
An independent, peer reviewed study by Frontiersin.org found that musical training is “likely to foster enhanced sound encoding” thus improving verbal and literacy skills.
A separate study provides evidence of how musical listening influences ones “perceived sense of agency and emotional well-being, whilst demonstrating how this impact is particularly nuanced by context and individuality.”
The most fascinating was of an Australian study focusing on music’s affect on young people with tendencies to depression. This study found despite existing literature on the positive use of music for mood regulation, music listening can be double-edged and could actually sustain or intensify a negative mood. Which makes that “old adage” a little more real!
Simply engaging in music activity whether listening, or playing has the potential to be therapeutic, developmental, enriching, and educational, with the caveat provided that such musical experiences are perceived to be engaging, meaningful and successful by those who participate.
So what does this mean?
Music is a tool that can be used to IMPROVE our brain function, and can be as enriching as you allow it be.
Whatever mindset you bring to your listening experience, is effectively what you get out of it!
Though, the real reason this works is because of the numerous brain functions that are connected to the experience of Music itself.