Adding Music To Your Life
Whether it's in your car, as you exercise or while you fall asleep - chances are you listen to music at some point during your day. And while nearly everybody knows the benefits of listening to music, new research suggests that we may be just scratching the surface when it comes to understanding how music can actually make us stronger, healthier and more creative.
Playing an instrument, improving your singing voice and studying in-depth music theory can all boost your brain in significant ways, according to researchers at the University of Zurich.
"Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points," Lutz Jancke, a psychologist at the university, told the Telegraph.
With its ability to push your brain and new modes of thought, music can help your brain in some unexpected ways.
Often called the "universal language," music can actually help you learn foreign tongues as well. The process of learning French, for example, is closely related to the developing musical understanding.
Your own language
What's more, musical knowledge can even help you get better at your understanding the language you already speak. The ability to up on inflections and tones have been shown to be stronger in musicians.
Researchers have also shown that music education could be a powerful tool in combatting certain learning disorders, such as dyslexia. By helping children separate useful information from non-useful, music can help them learn to concentrate and improve their memory.
Due to music's gradual learning curve and gratifying sense of achievement, learning an instrument can also be a good way to improve patience and discipline. With gains parceled out slowly over time, music can help develop long-term learning skills that can be broadly applied.