Music to the Ears, Minds and Bodies

A Letter from Ty Mitchell

musicministryAs you know, the music program at Trinity is just outstanding!  Such wonderful and remarkable talents go forth in worship.  I was reading an article at work and found it very educational as to how music affects us all.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

“September is Classical Music Month, Piano Month and Southern Gospel Music Month.  As if this isn’t enough music to our ears, September’s also a time to get up and dance.  Dance with Music, to promote Love and Joy!

Music is not just an enjoyable distraction. Research shows that music has the ability to alter the chemical processes of the brain in healthy ways.  It may come as no surprise that music reduces amounts of the stress hormone cortisol.  But did you know that listening to pleasurable music actually strengthens our immune systems?  Music is associated with the antibody immunoglobulin A, which helps the immune system iden-tify and fight off harmful germs and bacteria.  Research now links classical music to immediate improve-ments in epilepsy and autism symptoms and some spatial reasoning tests (dubbed the “Mozart Effect”).  And classical dance is being used as therapy for those with dementia and Parkinson’s.  Participants showed improvements in motor and cognitive functions, and other mental symptoms.
Research also shows that when we listen to music, several areas of our brain–those governing movement, attention, planning, and memory–are simultaneously activated.  In this way, people who listen to music to-gether are actually sharing a common experience; all their brains begin working on the same wavelength.  Doctors speculate that this is why music is such a unifying force.  Perhaps, too, this is why there are so many carefully synchronized social dances, such as square dancing, line dancing, hula, step dancing, as well as waltzing.

Is there no end to music’s benefits?  Lower stress, boosted immune systems, and workouts for both brain and body… The next thing we’ll learn is that music helps the listener eat more when needed.  Wait, there’s research to suggest soft music offers that benefit as well. ”

Going forward as we listen and appreciate music, I encourage you all to embrace the music that pleases you and continue to be thankful for the countless expressions of music through praising and worshipping God in our own ways.  Help boost your immune system by saying “Yes!” to music.  A-men!  Oops, Hallelujah!

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