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Posted: November 30, 2013


Music has been a part of every age and culture.  Music is one of the most powerful neurobiological tools we have to change our mood, mindset, and behavior.  The sound of music relieves stress, anxiety, brings peace, calm, relaxation and much more.  The Neuroscience of music is a fascinating subject!  While I have only started to look into this more, I know many people who have been drawn to music, whether through learning an instrument, singing and performing in theater, or simply embracing the beat of a good tune.  I was surrounded by music growing up.  Both piano teachers, my grandmother taught my mother and my mother taught me to play the piano.  Thanks mom!  Music was in our home and it is through this exposure that I have a continued appreciation for it.



From early on, I have presented music to my boys in different ways.  From playing classical music during pregnancy, attending baby music time, to toddler music class, to starting piano lessons and simply playing music around the house or in the car, music has been present.  I have also noticed a change in my boys’ moods or a sense of calm when I began singing or put on music.  It is amazing to see the difference, for example, on a rushed morning to get out the door that was quickly becoming chaotic, in my boys’ behavior when I began singing one of their favorite songs.  They started to focus on the song, a sense of calm ensued and we were able to get out the door on a more cheerful note.

So, what’s the big deal about music?  Let’s look at some science behind it (this is for you, Matthew!)


The articles below provide a glimpse into the effects of music.  Fascinating….


Neuroscience of Music – How Music Enhances Learning


The Edge Effect – When Music Meets Neuroscience


Learning Music Boosts Brain Development


Music Matters for Body and Mind


The Evidence on Music Therapy



Watch this interesting video  The Power of Music from www.musicandmemory.org.



What effect does music have on your mind and body?  Whether it is used to relieve anxiety, stress, pain, help calm a crying baby, help trigger memory of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, strengthen the developing minds of young children, or simply used as a relaxation tool, music is a part of humanity and the neuroscience of music is helpful in explaining its effects within our everyday lives.


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