“If music be the food of love, play on”

  • Duke Orsino of Illyria in Shakespeare’sTwelfth Night.

The speaker of these famous lines is a lovelorn young man who seeks solace in music. Different people love music for different reasons, but for sure is loved by all. Music is life for some, for others, the daily elixir, without which they cannot work through the day. Many have also spoken of the healing power of music. But the best example of the power of music can be found in the Indian history. It tells us about the legendary musician Tansen who could light a lamp by singing ‘Raag Deepak’ and could make the rains come down in torrents with ‘Raag Malhaar’. If such is the power of music, how can children remain untouched by music? Research shows music is really beneficial for children. Children who love singing, listening to music, playing musical instruments or dancing to music receive the following benefits for their love of music:

  • They do better in languages, math, and science as music helps in their cognitive development and is also believed to improve reasoning skills.
  • They have better concentration.
  • They have a good memory and good learning abilities.
  • They are good at coordination.
  • They have greater confidence.
  • They have lesser adjustment problems and generally get along well with classmates and playmates.
  • They have higher academic achievement.

Music improves brain power and memory

More and more research studies are confirming the correlation between the higher academic performance of children and their interest in music or active learning of music. Studies indicate that musical training stimulates parts of the brain linked with processing language, spatial intelligence, creative problem solving and emotional development. Music improves concentration and memory.

Music improves social skills

Learning music and performing in groups gives children a wonderful opportunity to mingle with different kinds of people. They relate to others in a better way, learn to work in groups and appreciate each other’s talents. They develop qualities like discipline and respect for others. Frequent interactions with fellow musicians improve their overall social skills.

Music builds confidence

Playing a musical instrument and performing on stage builds confidence in children. This confidence helps them in many areas of life. Exposure to stage performances, the knowledge that they can improve their art through their own effort fills them with responsibility and confidence.

Music teaches patience

In today’s fast-paced world, patience is a sterling quality and generally, musicians are blessed with this quality. Learning music teaches patience. Musicians have to focus on their art; they have to hone their skill and keep moving towards perfection, so this pursuit of perfection makes them patient. Secondly, most musicians perform in a group whether instrumentalist or vocalist, so they have to have the patience to work in a team and wait for their turn in a performance.

Music fosters creativity

Learning music fosters creativity in children and gives them a platform for expression of this creativity. Music training is good for the overall development of children. In today’s time when life is becoming stressful even for kids, music can be a panacea for so many of their problems. It will make them utilize free time in quest of a wonderful hobby and grow into focused, confident, intelligent and happy individuals.Music is the medium of communication for many people, and for others, it’s their daily dose of happiness, a way of expression, a path towards relaxation and joy. As it relaxes, it gives a young and growing brain space to develop still better.

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