Thank you to Crowfield Living Magazine for featuring us in the June edition of the magazine. You can read the full article below!
The benefits of music have affected me during every stage of life; however, some benefits had even greater prominence during my childhood and adolescent years than my adult years. No matter what stage of life you are in, I hope my experiences will encourage you to consider learning a new instrument, picking an instrument back up, or continuing your current studies with renewed enthusiasm.
Dr. Anita Collins, a researcher on brain development and music learning stated, “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent to a full-body workout.” Practically speaking, as a child I believe my…
Simply put, being a teenager can be difficult. When navigating a variety of emotions and experiences, I always turned to music as an outlet. Whether I was sad or happy, angry or calm, I wanted to sit and play music. Music both promoted my creativity and relieved stress.
Additionally, during high school I started having more performance opportunities from talent shows to performances and competitions. These experiences gave me a sense of achievement and boosted my self-confidence.
As an adult, I’m grateful the benefits from my childhood and adolescent years have continued with me. Additionally, music has increased my social interaction through jam sessions with friends, open mic nights, choir, and more.
Finally, music is something I will continue to carry with me forever; it is a lifelong hobby. As a music therapist, I have the privilege to spend time each month with a group where each member has a dementia diagnosis. Because music is accessed in every area of the brain, the group is able to remember lyrics to songs and sing with enthusiasm. One resident is a pianist and even though she doesn’t know the day of the week or perhaps her family members’ names anymore, she can still sit at the piano and play her favorite songs. Music is truly a gift!
As we approach more laid-back summer schedules, I would encourage you to consider setting aside time to engage with music, no matter your age! If you’re not sure where to get started, feel free to contact us directly and we’d be glad to talk with you!
- Holly Slice, Owner SC Music Lessons LLC