“I had nothing to say…
And I’d get lost in the nothingness inside of me…
And I let it all out to find…
That I’m not the only person with these things in mind…
But all the vacancy the words revealed…”
Hey, today June 21st is also World Music Day 2022, and it got somewhat clouded due to the exuberance around International Yoga Day. Of Course, when ‘Stress’ is a buzzword in the modern world, Yoga helps in every possible way. But MUSIC is NO less.
Do you know the importance of music in your life? Or can you imagine your life without music? It would be like a house without love. As soon as we are born, we respond to the sounds around us, and the first thing we hear is our mother’s voice. Be it “over the rainbow,” “Meethe Meethe Sapno Mein”, or “Yashoda ka Nandlala”, we all have heard our moms or grannies sing us to sleep and hum those long-forgotten melodies which are set on in our hearts. It brings back feelings and emotions, ties us to our homes and reminds us of special memories. We may share special songs with friends or link these sounds to our festivals. But does music have a place in schools? Or is it merely some kind of relaxing distraction?
Well, the irony is that to trim budgets and improve academic performance, music education is slowly disappearing, causing a cutting of the arts from schools.
Some believe that music isn’t as important as the core academic subjects. But research has already shown the importance of music in education including students’ academic success.
Bang the Drum and Get it On. In this article, we bring you the importance of music in a student’s life.
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Music, we all know, is the language that expresses feelings which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. We all have had the experience of listening to the FM when a song comes on that you haven’t heard in 10 or 20 years. But right away, you start singing along as you heard it yesterday, and yahoo! You don’t miss a single word. Now that’s amazing, right?
Did you know both music and singing have a positive impact on all aspects of childhood learning and development? While Classical music is known to soothe and open the channels of the mind, rock music sets a student’s pulse to racing, and chants can send him/her into a trance.
Importance Of Music In Students’ life
Here are ten importance of music that highlight why it should be an integral part of students’ lives—whether inside or outside of school.
Music Helps Students To Relax.
Yes, research shows music is relaxing and soothing for the ears and brain. I know, that’s so obvious. But you might not know the type of music/song that helps students relax best. Are you in the mood to chill out? Skip the pop and jazz part and head for the classical.
Angry Music Improves a Student’s Performance.
It’s known to all-Anger is universally bad. But believe it or not, another importance of music is that angry music has positive uses too. Anger focuses mainly on attention to rewards, increases persistence, makes them feel in control and more optimistic about achieving their goals.
Music Reduces Pain.
According to the research one of the importance of music is that it reduces pain too. So, put on your favorite song when a doctor’s prescribed medicine isn’t doing the job. You are definitely going to rock again!
Music Drives a Student’s Creativity.
That said, a bit of music can help a student be more creative. If he/she has ADHD, noise helps them focus. And music with positive lyrics makes them more helpful and collaborative. So, besides telling a lot about a person, music also provides a myriad of chill ways to make his/her life better.
Expands a Student’s Vocab.
Great music helps the left side of the child’s brain to develop, which is also responsible for processing language. Children can learn new words from songs, its repetition and movement also help them understand their meanings better. It’s even a great way to help them learn a new language. Through music, we can help students strengthen their language and set them up to become competent speakers and effective communicators.
Whether a student is learning the different notes and strings on an instrument or learning new lyrics to a song, they are using their brain for memorization.
Music is excellent at helping students to retain information and enhance their learning in all areas of their life. Rhyme, rhythm, and repetition give them the tools they need for short and long term memorization. With a better memory, they will be able to make better connections, think more critically and even score better on tests.
Enhances Math Skills
Wait, music enhances math? Yup, you read that right.
Students involved in music, particularly those that play a musical instrument, often have been shown to score better on math tests. When introducing students to music at a young age, they tend to improve their math skills. They also begin to build spatial-temporal reasoning, logical reasoning and language analytical reasoning, which further helps them to solve difficult maths equations, think ahead, and land on a quantitative result.
Forms a Cozy Bond
Playing jazz or instruments together, dancing to a song, and singing lyrics together build a bond between students and parents. It allows them to find their core group of friends and provides them with a sense of belonging.
Be it at home or classroom, if a teacher or a parent builds a strong positive relationship with students, they will be more likely to be engaged in the classroom or active at home, learn better, and be more successful.
Be it “Somewhere I belong” by Linkin Park or “Suno chhoti si gudiya ki” by Lata Mangeshkar Ji, playing a musical instrument and listening to classical music have been shown to help students focus and concentrate. Their ability to concentrate improves attentiveness, which is especially helpful for children with short attention spans, especially those with ADHD. Students have more of a desire to concentrate on what they’re doing when they’re actively involved in music because dopamine is being released. With this level of focus, students are better equipped to stay organized and plan for the future.
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For some students, music is so much more than just a hobby. And it will not take much time to turn it into their career. Who knows, your child might be the next Shankar ehsaan loy…Maria Callas(opera player), Keith Richards( the greatest guitarist of all times) or Stewart Copeland(the greatest drummer)!
The Key Takeaway
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We all know that when words fail, music speaks! After all, music is the language of the soul. A universal language that unites people irrespective of their origins and culture and simultaneously helps students to understand the importance of music and musicians in our lives. A language of love that connects two hearts in the symphony of romance, the language of happiness that strum the mental chords with the tunes of elation by releasing dopamine, and an expression of emotions that harmonizes the heart and soul with the euphony of healing words.
What else better than music can motivate and engage children in learning to expand their vocab, improve their memories, enhance their math skills, and develop focus?
So, dear students, just go and celebrate such a BIG day listening to all your old favorites and exploring YouTube, JioSaavn and Wynk for music from different cultures. With apps like these, it’s easier than ever to explore the panorama of musical experiences the world has to offer, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. By all means, you can always pick up an instrument and start adding your own voice too.
Happy World Music Day 2022, Guys!
Keep Playing! Keep Enjoying!