Five reason why everyone should have music in their lives
Composer, musical director, educator and panelist on our BBC Teach Bring The Noise How do I teach music if I’m not a musician? - Live, Andy Smith, has put together five reasons why everyone should have music in their lives.
1. Music brings people together
Music creates social cohesion, it speaks to all when words can fail, and wherever you go in the world, it is understood. Music is a universal gift and its power to connect people is without question. It is an art form with human interaction at its centre.
As I write this, I am travelling to Sweden to create music with some young people who have profound mental and learning disabilities. Regardless of the geography and lack of verbal communication, we will communicate, create and celebrate through sound and music.
2. Music improves your health and wellbeing
Music stimulates the brain which in turn helps with pain relief, reducing stress and memory. A study from Harvard has shown that relaxing music may lower blood pressure and heart rate after physical exertion.
It can also improve mood and reduce anxiety and through bringing people together, can be an antidote to loneliness and social isolation.
3. Music can improve confidence and resilience
In a digital age where many services and products are instantly available with the click of a button, learning a musical instrument provides a platform for people to achieve through discipline and perseverance. There are many skills required in order to learn how to play a musical instrument: technique; reading music; expression; listening; and as you continue to perfect these skills, you build resilience.
4. Music is a creative outlet
It provides an opportunity for people from all social and cultural backgrounds to express themselves.
Whether it’s to convey a political message, a particular emotion or just for the sheer joy, musicians have used sound and music since the dawn of primitive man as a way of expressing themselves and getting their voices heard.
5. Music is fun!
The joy you can get from music will help lift your spirits and those of everybody else involved.
Whether it’s learning your favourite tune, performing on stage or a good old sing-a-long with your mates, music brings fun!