How Music Impacts The Brain

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” The Greek philosopher Plato, even back in the B.C years, knew music’s affect on not only society, but also ourselves as individuals. Life without music is like a silent movie, something is obviously missing. Of course one would be able to enjoy the film somehow, but if played with sound or music, the movie is instantly enhanced and easier to view. This goes for our daily lives, as well. Besides enhancing our daily lives, music also enhances our body and brain. No matter what genre of music someone listens to, it will affect their brain in numerous ways. Music is a key factor in a positive growth in the brain, since music positively affects our mood and health. First and foremost, music can surprisingly affect one’s intelligence. Some may think this fact is absurd and not true, but according to studies music can affect spatial intelligence in a positive manner. Spatial intelligence can be defined as the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of items. Spatial intelligence helps students solve algebra problems to packing items in their backpack everyday for school. Studies show that students who do study music tend to get better grades on SAT’s as opposed to students who don’t participate in musical activities. They also achieve higher grades in school compared to students who don’t study the arts. Not only do musical students excel on tests, but they also learn more about other cultures and languages. This is because not all music is from America or American roots and if the musician wants to fully understand a song, they might have to learn more about the heritage of the song. Students who study music also solve problems much easier and quicker by imaging different solutions and rejecting
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