Don’t you guys just love music? Do you know why for some reason it is so easy to change your mood by listening to the music you like? Music has, in fact, been scientifically proven to make us happy, smarter and more vibrant.
If we look at our brains closely we will be able to see neural pathways. These pathways are where information travels to and fro. When we listen to music, these pathways come alive. And here’s another thing, when we level up to music making or playing musical instruments new neural pathways are created. Advanced technology such as PET scans and MRI imaging has made it possible to monitor the brain. This is why when engaged in such activity our spirits become more alive and our thinking processes become more enhanced. Problem solving and creativity are developed when music is incorporated to any activity that requires a lot of thinking.
In addition, music is said to be part of our biological heritage and is hard wired into our genes as a survival strategy. Music was used in earlier generations for intra-group communication that increased group safety and identification improving notification of pending threat or environmental changes. Music was also used to increase harmony and social bonding among those playing it or listening to it. In this manner, it is said that music may have contributed to changes in the brain such as verbal memory, counting, and self-discipline, which have enhanced survival.
With these findings, it is safe to assume that incorporating music to our children’s daily activities will reap benefits later on. Not for us, but for their survival in this competitive world. Helping them learn the musical arts, music making, or playing musical instruments will teach them self-discipline, patience, and organizational values which will give them better chances of leading a better and more productive life.
To get started on this venture, there are many research literatures available about Music and the Brain. Also, Sharon Burch, a music teacher hailing from Iowa and author of the Freddie the Frog® book series has lined up useful books to help your kids become more interested in music. With the mission of breaking down big abstract music concepts into developmentally appropriate pieces for kids, the book series tells a fictitious story appropriate for kids that depicts unforgettable characters and stories about the musical staff, musical notes, and all other musical concepts.