Music for the Brain

Music can help you in many ways, such as self-expression to making new friends. Your emotions can be tied to music and the way you perceive things as well. Your parents may not agree with your preferences in music, but it helps you understand yourself. The brain works in predictable patterns and using these patterns, you can help yourself to have better mental health. Listening and playing music are very different but they both can help you, even with mathematics. The way your mind perceives things may help you to know yourself better, along with the dangers of listening to too much music. 

Music is healthy to listen to, it helps you understand your own emotions. Music may help you connect to others that are going through similar things as you. The Parent Samurai website gives examples of how you can even connect to your parents and how “music helps teens explore ideas and emotions in a safe way”. You may not want to talk about your emotions, and the music helps you feel like you're not alone. Your emotions can tie into music as well, listening to sad music has been known to change how you feel in general. It does not matter the genre of music at all. Mr. Erick Engelbretson says he listens to a variety of music even Pink. If you listen to happy and upbeat music, you may feel better, and it may help you see the world in a better light. In an inkblot test, people were said to smile after listening to a happy song and frown when listening to a sad song. Genre does not matter when it comes down to the emotions they influence. It is more about how you see the song personally. Many times teens can go overboard when it comes to what they listen to. It can be dangerous as well if not used properly. 

Music keeps the mind active and productive. In an interview with Ms. Nancy Murdock, the choir director, she was asked about how music helped her when she was younger. She brought up the Mozart effect. It’s an interesting topic really. Although just a theory, I would suggest reading more on the topic. The theory says that listening to Mozart’s music can make you smarter, although it is yet to be proven. According to  Neuroscience News, there was an experiment that proved that playing in a band helps teens. Students studied participated in band classes for two to three hours a week. Three years later, the kids who played in the band had better sound structure and language skills, over the kids who didn’t. The idea that music can help you has been around for years now. It is being proven to be true. The pathways in the mind can be redirected to think in certain ways making it easier to understand certain concepts in your mind. This goes for good and bad ways as well. Listening to music that can bring down your mood on a daily basis can hurt you. The pathways can be rewritten to think negatively as well as positively. Sad music can help you get out sad emotions, but it can also harm you if you listen too much. Music is an amazing thing but with all this, you have to remember to use it correctly.

 Music changes how you think and how you see the world, Parent Samurai, and Morman Channel Blog both cover when music can become an issue. One experiment from the Morman Channel Blog was they had people listen to happy music and then look at inkblots. Many saw happy faces, but when listening to sad music they saw sad faces, even when none were present. This shows that the music you listen to can change how you see the world. You may not think that is that important but it can change how you act just from the music you listen to. Music can take you away from the real world and your problems, but if you do it too much you may lose connection to responsibilities and the real world. It is good to escape sometimes, and as long as you regulate how often you decide to space out music can be a good tool. 

Commitment is a hard thing to handle for some people, but playing an instrument can help you with committing. That’s not all music can help you with, it can help with self-discipline, diminishing boundaries, and heightening your intellectual capabilities. Once you start playing an instrument, you can connect with other people and start making your own music that reflects how you feel. If you want to feel like you are a part of something, playing an instrument in a band should be at the top of your list. NAMM, also known as the National Association of Music Merchants, initiated a study where teens submitted their own answers and it seems like many find that music helps them belong, feel committed, and help with their listening skills as well. Mr. Engebretson says that “playing music brings satisfaction, and helps you create a mental image, or remember some kind of memory.” Mrs. Murdock says “singing is relaxing and is more about you being the instrument.” You should just find what works for you to get involved with music. It won’t hurt you. 

Your brain makes pathways according to music as well, no matter what the music is or the involvement you have. Through a band, choir, or just listening to music, in general, it all helps. The effects of music are still being discovered today, from expression, emotions, intellect, and perception there are many things music can do for you. Music can be a negative and positive influence on your mind. The band keeps you focused and helps you with listening and counting skills. The choir helps team building and self-confidence, and listening can help improve your mood and perception. The capabilities of music are amazing and wonderful in their own ways. It always keeps your brain engaged and learning.