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Music gives soul to universe; flight to mind

Music is everywhere. It is playing in cars, stores, movies, radios, phones and even at school! We are taught that music education is important, but few of us know just how important music really is.

First, music can help with decreasing stress. Second, it can help us to be more creative. Lastly, music helps to build a good memory. On top of what was previously mentioned, there are so many more reasons why music is important.

And one more thing … you don’t have to make a career of music just because you take the time to understand the importance of music and take advantage of what it has to offer you!

Music can be relaxing for our mind and bodies when we are under stress. Music does this by slowing your pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Then once your stress hormones are reduced, you feel less stressed. This shows how music is important in helping to stop you from being stressed out with work or with difficult situations in life and school. Basically, music is important because it helps you to relax, making you more productive at school, work and life.

Music is important, too, because it inspires creativity. One way in which music inspires creativity is when someone starts to improvise and create new music based on the previous music they were listening to. Another way in which music inspires creativity is through visualizing events in your head based on the song you are listening to. For instance, if you listen to a song such as Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” you start picturing events filled with grace and joy, or devastation and loss. Music has a strong ability to inspire creativity, and ultimately, an open mind for imagination.

Music is important because it builds strong memorization skills. One way in which music does this is through the sheet music you must learn in order to play music. The notes found in sheet music must be memorized and the more you are exposed to reading sheet music, the more your memory will enhance. Another way in which music helps build your memory is when you start to memorize lyrics. This happens involuntarily in some cases, but it still helps build your memory, as well. Music is important because memorizing is really important, especially to students who need to learn vocabulary words for English or formulas for math.

Some famous people who love music but had nonmusical careers include President Bill Clinton, who plays the saxophone; former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who plays the piano; the Yankees’ Bernie Williams, who plays the guitar; Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who plays the trombone; and scientist Albert Einstein, who played the violin!

Music is part of the foundation that makes humans calm, creative and intelligent. It has lasted, and is carried on through so many diverse generations, and through famous composers, such as Mozart and Beethoven, who have left a mark on history through music. Music benefits people in so many different ways.

And a world without music is almost unimaginable. Music gives a soul to the universe and flight to the mind.

Michael Kahn, www.poughkeepsiejournal.com, www.msidallas.com