Music affects us, moves us and allows us to take some time out. Whether you listen to classical music, jazz or rock and roll, music stays with us. It may calm you down and help you unwind, it may pump you up and help you get that exercise done and it may make you laugh or cry. Music is a powerful healing tool and with plenty of research being conducted by doctors both in Australia and overseas, I think it’s time to start taking this whole music business seriously!
This blog relates to memory and cognitive skills.
Music can help with cognitive skills such as memory and imagination. Why is it you struggle to remember the 5 things on your shopping list, but song lyrics you can still remember both old and songs? Music has patterns, repetition, a melody, and it turns out that the part of the brain that receives and processes music, is right next to the part that stores and regulates memory. Maybe we should all start singing at the supermarket?!
Music also helps people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, people who have been locked away in another world, become animated, joyous and full of life, when given the opportunity to experience music. Dr. Concetta Tomaino, D.A., executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Functions in New York, has made it her work, to see how music can reach patients, when other therapies cannot.
“Brain scans show that when people listen to music that’s autobiographical, music that evokes an important place, time or emotion for the listener, regions of the brain become stimulated, particularly the brain’s memory maker, the medial prefrontal cortex” Dr. Tomaino says.
Why is this important now to young children? Because you are building the strong foundations of their development, and giving them a strong structure to grow, change, develop and become wonderful human beings, who will relate music to joy, love and connections with other people in their lives, namely you!
Check out this clip of an elderly gentleman in a nursing home, it’s a bit of a tearjerker, so get your tissues ready! power of music