It is no surprise that music has been used in ritual and ceremony since the beginning of time. Music is an art form that provides entertainment and pleasure to not only human being but also to the animals. All creatures in this world love to listen music and they perform well after listening to good music. In addition, music works as a medicine for the soul and body. Music has amazing effects on both the mind and body.It benefits our health in a number of ways. Not only listening to music is beneficial, for many of us playing musical instruments like guitar and harmonium is also very beneficial and best way to entertain and get energy.
Music is Medicine
Did you know, that “Music is Medicine”? Off course the music acts as medicine does. It heals the wound and gives us the inner joy. After listening to good music, we get energy to do more work and never feel bored. There are many of us who listen music when we are on bed due to injury or any disease. Medical experts also suggest listening music, as it can give us the power to bear the pain and heal very quickly.
Music is Best Way to Concentrate
There are many of us who use music/songs to concentrate on work. At workplace we listen music through the mobile, iPod, or laptop, in this way we can concentrate on our work and provide maximum output. On buses and cars, we love to listen music, as it can help us to concentrate us and escape from boring moments. Musical entrainment creates connection both internally and externally which can be seen when watching a whole crowd dance to a live band, or the people around you sobbing at an opera.
Music is taught in Schools
In almost every school in India, music is compulsory. For this there is a special music period, in which kids are taught how to play musical instruments and how they can sing a song more effectively. They are also taught how to dance well in a good music. Musical instruments like Tabla, Guitar, Harmonium, Dholak, Violin, Piano are bought to let student know about them and play well. Schools buy musical instruments every year to train their students and participate in interschool/interstate music competitions.
or losing your body to ecstatic dancing. Scientific research now shows us the ways that music has a physiological effect on our bodies and can improve concentration, relieve stress, act as an antidepressant and more.
Science explains this as an aspect of mirror neurons, which are a form of mimicking that can happen emotionally and physically. Maybe a song will give you chills, make you cry, or spontaneously start jamming on an air guitar, or dancing uncontrollably. In the study, The Neuroscience of Music, published by the Department of Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, researchers found preliminary scientific evidence supporting claims that music influences health through neurochemical changes in four domains: reward, motivation and pleasure; stress and arousal; immunity; and social affiliation
Human cultural universal
Women share playlists for the delivery room to welcome new life. You can even higher a hospice harpist to help the transition from a terminal disease. Music education has also been shown to help children’s developing brains. So it is only natural to place it in a category for mindfulness, meditation, and healing.
Music is also a reflection of culture. In today’s world we are experiencing an unprecedented fusion of ideas through the internet and technology. We are re-mixing historical themes, embellishing forgotten ideas and combining belief systems across time and societies. For instance, electronic dance music has captured wide acclaim as DJs and producers improvise with musical tools that have the ability to drop samples, mix, change tempo and induce ecstatic states of consciousness. This music has become central to the emerging transformational, or visionary culture that is influencing our world view through integrating art, spirituality and technology.
You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you’ve listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up your performance. Though you may sense that music helps you feel better somehow, only recently has science begun to figure out why that is.
Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel good or even elated. Listening to music also lights up other areas of the brain — in fact, almost no brain center is left untouched — suggesting more widespread effects and potential uses for music.
Music’s neurological reach, and its historic role in healing and cultural rituals, has led researchers to consider ways music may improve our health and wellbeing. In particular, researchers have looked for applications in healthcare — for example, helping patients during post-surgery recovery or improving outcomes for people with Alzheimer’s. In some cases, music’s positive impacts on health have been more powerful than medication.
Music can prevent anxiety-induced increases in heart rate and systolic blood pressure, and decrease cortisol levels — all biological markers of stress. In one study, researchers found that patients receiving surgery for hernia repair who listened to music after surgery experienced decreased plasma cortisol levels and required significantly less morphine to manage their pain. In another study involving surgery patients, the stress reducing effects of music were more powerful than the effect of an orally-administered anxiolytic drug.
Performing music, versus listening to music, may also have a calming effect. In studies with adult choir singers, singing the same piece of music tended to synch up their breathing and heart rates, producing a group-wide calming effect. In a recent study, 272 premature babies were exposed to different kinds of music — either lullabies sung by parents or instruments played by a music therapist — three times a week while recovering in a neonatal ICU. Though all the musical forms improved the babies’ functioning, the parental singing had the greatest impact and also reduced the stress of the parents who sang.