The Brain Loves Music

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Alexia Tristant 11/26/08 The Brain Loves Music Do you ever play music because it makes you feel energized and more eager to do what you need to do? Does music help you relax and reflect on ideas? Has music ever stimulated your creativity? This is probably true in most people because music has a dominant effect on humans and their behaviors; it plays an important biological role in human life. Neurobiologist Mark Jude Tramo of Harvard Medical School states: “music is a biologically part of human life, just as music is aesthetically part of human life (Brewer).” This essay will explain why music is an indispensable part for a successful education. The three main arguments that support the thesis are that music lets an individual reach an optimal states of mind, enhances creativity and helps one to develop skills that are vital for the learning process. Through out history, for thousands of years people have sung for enjoyment and to ease the burdens of work, family and society. This has been true for all cultures around the world. In the middle ages workmen used songs, poems and even rhymes to ease the work and be able to build all the great medieval cathedrals (MacDonald). One can use music to energize, focus, inspire and to create other positive states of mind that will facilitate learning. The ability of taking one self to the right state of mind for learning and doing work is very scarce between students. Most students would agree that a big part of academic failure is because they are not able to use their abilities in an efficient way and not because they don’t have the capacity. According to scientists the alpha brain wave state is a perfect learning state for taking in information through auditory channels (Brewer). Music used in the right way can help one reach this state of mind. Evidence suggests that music can modulate chemicals such as
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