Listening to, and playing, music can be quite therapeutic to a developing brain. Music amazingly accesses the analytical parts of the brain and forces a connection to the emotional parts of the brain. It seems to be able to bypass any areas of the brain that are not functioning well. In fact, some people who have lost cognitive function later on in life still have the ability to react to music, or can even sing lyrics to songs they have not heard in a decade! They may not remember who their closest family members are, but they know the lyrics to Piano Man. Some people that are unable to move their muscles well or walk like with Parkinson's Disease, can dance rhythmically when they hear favourable music.
Music attaches to feelings and emotions. We have all experienced this. Listening to music can bring you back to a specific time and place, and bring back the feelings you once had. Other than smells, what other outlet can bring back memory to that degree?
It is absolutely amazing, and I believe should be included in every child's life.
It is important, however, that the music has a frequency that is in line with the body’s frequency. Dr Masaru Emoto discovered that music (and words) can affect the molecular structure of water. Children’s bodies are about 65-75% water! If positive music and positive words can affect water at a molecular level, it may explain, somewhat, why some pleasant and soft music can help calm the mind and induce the production of happy neurotransmitters, like serotonin. It may also help explain why some music can help promote clearer thinking and increased focus. Then, there is the music that can stimulate increased energy and feelings of joy and excitement, like the music chosen for an aerobic exercise class, or a dance. In contrast, during meditation, certain music can help calm the brain to encourage alert relaxation.
On the other hand, negative harsh music, and even some sad music, can have a negative effect on the brain by bringing feelings of sadness, depression, or anger.
Depending on the desired outcome of behaviour, music can help get the brain in that state. We have all felt the power of music. Some music just resonates with us and lifts us up. Other music can make us feel down, or bring on negative emotions.
Music, certainly, can play a large role in the making of a brainiac. Numerous studies have shown that music even helps the brain development of an unborn child, if, of course, it is of the correct frequency. Great examples of beneficial frequency music are classical music pieces that have slowly rising and falling tempos. Dr. William Sears, Pediatrician, in his book The Baby Book, Everything You Need To Know About Your Baby From Birth To Age Two, suggests playing Ravel, Mozart, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Debussy, Bach, Brahams, and Haydn. He also suggests that simple music is best, such as a flute, or classical guitar.
Try playing such pieces as early as possible in pregnancy, and throughout childhood, especially while your child is learning or doing homework. Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, in his book Life and Living Toolbook, suggests that the brain can focus and actively learn better when this beneficial frequency of music is playing softly in the background.
As your child gets older, have him learn to play a musical instrument. This has similar benefits to meditation, is quite enjoyable. It takes full concentration and coordination, and is absolutely wonderful for brain development. Engrams will be made in the brain to allow the muscles to move with less concentration as your child improves, allowing more difficult levels to be complete. It is incredible to watch young children play music. Their fingers just seem to know where to go. This is neuromuscular engrams, like the ones that allow us to effortlessly ride a bike or type fast on the keyboard.
Once your child begins feeling comfortable with playing their instrument of choice, they will feel a real sense of accomplishment and pride. They will know they did it all by themselves. No one could have done it for them. The song they worked hard, concentrated on, and played is their doing only. This does wonders for self-esteem and for the production of serotonin and dopamine, the happy and motivational neurotransmitters. It also helps neuroplasticity by building up the neurons in the brain that aid in muscle memory and memory.
So, music not only calms the brain and makes more happy and motivation neurotransmitters, it also helps to build brains. Music can help make the brain grow! How incredible is that?
It only takes 20 minutes a day, although my children can never stop after 20 minutes. They enjoy it so much that they sometimes play for hours! The benefits, however, are seen in just 20 minutes a day.
Rock and roll has it’s place too, but with young brains, the turbulent non-rhythmic sounds tend to have the opposite disturbing effects on the brain. I love rock and roll and all sorts of music, and love to play different genres, but we always incorporate the classics so as to reap the benefits of brain building.
Honestly, music is too big for words... It is ineffable.
Listening to, encouraging them to feel the music, and teaching them to play music is a sure fire way to help your child be happy, smart, calm, self-confident, have high self-esteem, and to become…