I guess everybody likes music, at least everybody I know likes music. But most of us don’t know how music affects us and especially students.
According to my dictionary, music is the sounds that are arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to. But to me music is more than that. It is a way of life. Music freshens up my mind and provides a new energy. There are various types of music around the world but I like Indian classical music the most. It can be a little boring at first but as the tempo increases, the singer also starts singing faster and at that time I start dancing (mostly dancing in my mind).
What happens when we listen to Music?
- The brain treats the music differently. When we listen to music, many activities occur all around the brain involved in movement, motor planning, attention and of course, the auditory cortex.
- If the music feels good to your brain then it releases dopamine. It is basically your brain telling you whether you should or not listen to music.
- It changes your mood and also changes your perspective about the world. A study showed that people see happy faces when they listen to happy music, but if they happen to listen to sad songs, they are likely to see sad faces.
- Music can control your fear and makes you ready to fight. It also stimulates memory from the hippocampus.
- Music enhances frontal lobe’s function, which is used in thinking and decision making.
- Song lyrics activate Broca’s and Wernickle’s area which improves the ability to communicate.
Music and Students
Music can create a mood. Study music can be relaxing and help students beat anxiety or stress while studying. Background music is likely to help students improve their focus during long study sessions.
Music can help with memorisation – that is the basis of “the Mozart effect” which suggested that listening to Mozart study music could actually enhance intelligence.
Study music is considered to be beneficial for the intake of vital information. Relaxing music for studying can help to ease nerves and help you beat pre-exam anxiety.
Studies have shown that Music can even increase your performance. A study done by Cambridge University showed that hip-hop music provides an uplifting effect on its listeners that can help them accept, manage and deal better with mental health issues
Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to listen to music during a study session is because music is proven to help improve cognitive performance.
Music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating the event in memory. It helps us to improve our focus.
It can cure pain. Similar to how a lullaby would calm you, studies show that music can meaningfully reduce the intensity of pain, especially in geriatric care, intensive care, or palliative medicine.
Music also increases motivation to do our work. It also improves our immune functions.
Due to so many benefits of music, Plato says, “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.”