You don’t have to be a scientist to know that music is fundamentally good and offers humanity a way to connect and communicate. That didn’t stop them from studying it though! Which, of course, was a good thing because now we know a lot more. Not only does it make us feel good, it’s great for brain development. Science even went so far as to develop a song to make babies happy.
Music and Brain Development
A panel of experts from the National Institutes of Health and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts stated that children hear and respond to music and it’s fundamental components (melody, harmony, rhythm and dynamics) from a very early age. Exposure to music can improve skills unrelated to music as well, like language development, attention, visuospatial perception and executive function.
Research also suggests that those who study music have higher IQs, learn language faster, and have improved decision-making skills. That’s probably because music requires us to use both halves of our brain, creating a maintaining neural pathways.
This article from Music Mag says that children who sing regularly have better immune systems and are more emotionally balanced.
Music Makes Mommies Happy
This study found that music can help decrease baby blues and increase maternal attachment. Just 30 minutes of listening to music per day for 5 days. I wonder why all maternity wards don’t play music?
Studying music can help emotional well-being, helping to decrease anxiety and depression while improving quality of life, at every age.
An article published in 2012 entitled Music, Neuroscience and the Psychology of Well-Being by Adam Croom establishes that
“musical engagement can positively influence all five [commonly recognized factors characteristic of human flourishing or well-being: “positive emotion,” “relationships,” “engagement,” “achievement,” and “meaning” (Seligman, 2011, p. 24)], and as a result, we have compelling evidence that musical engagement can positively contribute to one’s living a flourishing life.”
Music Makes Babies Happy
The research says so much more, I couldn’t possibly share it all here. If you need any further proof that music makes babies happy, check out this song by Imogen Heap, designed in partnership with psychologists as to make babies happy! It’s aptly named The Happy Song