Music is considered to be as complex and varied as any scientific theory or principle. Both music and science use mathematical principles, formulas and theories which are blended into inspirational and creative outcomes. Continue reading for facts that will make your case regarding the great need for Music Education!
Music and science power students' brains!
According to Dr. Eric Rasmussen of Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, people who have been playing instruments and are trained in music have larger growth of their neural activity. The brain is actually used more when a musician plays an instrument. To emphasise the importance of Music Education, studies from the NAMM Foundation report that music enhances memory, increases fine motor skills, sharpens the ability to use small muscle movements to write, improves the use of a computer, tunes social skills and those are just a brief overview of the amazing list of benefits. To download a list of cited facts and quotes from the NAMM Foundation, go here.
I want to Feel It!
One of our recording customers would continually shout out before singing, 'I want to Feel It! I want to Feel It!' That is the true essence of music, to feel it! Research by Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, states that we truly do 'feel' music because it triggers the brain's dopamine. That is why listening to music can soothe, relax, and give us the emotion of pleasure. Dr. Slimpoor decided to devote her life to discovering the mysteries of music after being lifted out of deep despair when listening to Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5.
According to FastCompany.com, there are two kinds of emotions that are affected when we listen to music: perceived emotions and felt emotions. We have all experienced how music moves us and stirs our emotions, thus exhibiting the felt emotional level of music. Sometimes, however, music is understood but not felt. If you know someone who likes sad music but they do not get sad, they are understanding but not feeling the tune.
How music affects the brain
As shown in this diagram from This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, Dr. Daniel J. Levitin shows how the computational centres of the brain are affected by music. For example, it is the Auditory Cortex that produces the first stages of listening, perception and the analysis of tones.
Is it mind v's body or one integrated system?
Ed Pearlman, MusicTeachersHelper, explains a new science that states there is no mind v's body as described in the long-time belief of a mind/body split. That 2,000 centuries-old assumption is determined to be incorrect. He continues to interpret this science belief that the brain should be viewed more like a mediator, coordinating the whole system, instead of being the administrator.
Ed Perlman also advocates that the opposite is the case where most people think that our brains dictate our fingers when playing an instrument and then the ears tell us if it was played correctly. Instead, the ears are guiding our fingers. To learn more of Ed's opposing viewpoints, visit his website and blog, Reversing the Learning Process.
Music Education at MusicEDU connects you!
Music covers our planet with a connection that can lead to peace and community engagement. The continued importance of music education must be a priority worldwide. Music closes the gap between societies, attitudes, stigmas, nations and languages.