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April 28, 2014

How Music Beneficially Correlates with Moods

A recent article posted on healthychildren.org details the many ways in which music beneficially correlates with moods. The article highlights examples like military marches to instill confidence and courage, shopping malls to pump up consumer enthusiasm, and setting lessons to song to encourage stress free memorization in the classroom.

The Calming Influence of Music
The article cites a series of studies that show a correlation between improved emotional stability and mental clarity with listening to music. Similarly, young kids who are still developing their emotional and mental identity are strongly influenced by external factors like music. Introducing music to children, whether by putting an instrument in their hands, taking them to concerts, or enrolling them in a class or summer camp, has been proven to have positive results on their emotional and mental development. Even if your child winds up exchanging her oboe for a paintbrush or Legos, the exposure to various forms of self-expression and influential art forms can offer a long-term benefit for her mental well-being.

Music: the Simplest Remedy
While this article does not go as deeply into evidence and explanations as other sources on this subject, the basic premise is still relevant: a positive correlation between music and the brain as they relate to learning capacity. This article emphasizes music as a backdrop for academic activities like memorization and attention: “Scientific research supports common experience that pairing music with rhythm and pitch enhances learning and recall.” Whether you are looking at the long-term benefits of music exposure, or for short-term support for your child’s ability to focus, music offers a low-cost perk that requires no prescription, diagnosis, or medical fees – just an instrument, a voice, or a Play button.

Music Summer Camps Grab Campers’ Interest through a Variety of Activities
Music summer camp helps campers with reading, listening, and playing skills as well as the chance to make music both independently and socially. The variety of ways to incorporate music into camp allows kids to mix up their attention and try out different points of interest – maybe they’ll swap their piccolo for the electric guitar; or find that they love listening to Bach while they develop photographs. Kids who turn to games or artwork at a traditional summer camp will ultimately be applying similar skills they developed in their music sessions through other mediums. And the kids who are at intensive music summer camps will find opportunities to suit their particular interests – composing, improvisational play, rehearsing for a show with friends, or simply being a part of creating sound as art.

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