The Physical Effects of Music

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Music can be a big influence on the life of a person. To some people, music can tell a story. It inspires creations, and influences behaviors. Artists can use music to express themselves through. Different music styles and eras relate to different cultures and time periods. What some people are not aware of, though, is that music also influences a person physically. Listening to and playing music can improve brain efficiency and health; therefore, children should be exposed to music at a young age.

During an experiment, subjects were exposed to classical music and silence. Afterwards, subjects took a spatial IQ test. Electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, which measure brain wave activity, were made prior to and after the test. The results showed that the group which listened to Mozart had a major increase in brain activity (Lerch 5). Children who have had music training are shown to have better long-term memory and brain functions. A group of children, after being musically trained for one year, scored significantly better on a memory test that is correlated with literacy, verbal memory, visio-spatial processing, and mathematics (First Evidence 1). Learning to play music has the greatest effect on children. According to Lerch, a connection between listening to music and improved intelligence throughout maturity may be present. Musically trained children perform better on spatial tests than children trained in other things such as computers (Rauscher 1). These are some of the many reasons children should have music training. Dr. Fujioka, who studied the effects of music training said:

Previous work has shown assignment to musical training is associated with improvements in IQ in school-aged children. Our work explores how mu...

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