ver since the “invention” of music, people have known that music affects the emotions. There was no need for special machines that measured brain activity to prove it. People listened to music and experienced for themselves a change in how they felt. The proof was in the change of mood that occurred when the music played. But now, with current technology, scientists can actually see and measure the brain’s responses to music, a field of study. Called “neuromusic.” Therapy


Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have been working with the Cleveland Orchestra in a combined effort to study the influence. Of melody, rhythm and different types of music on the brain. Some of the ways they have been putting their theories to the test are by playing music to chemotherapy. Patients, whose responses have been decreased anxiety; to stroke patients, who consequently experienced improvement in memory and attention; and to surgery patients, who also experienced greatly reduced pain post surgery.


Another discovery is that the more experience the brain has responding to the beat of music, the more easily it can shift speeds on its own, when music is not present.

It seems to be that if music can influence brain activity, then it can also have an impact on activity in other parts of the body, which it does. On the other hand, it is also why music can be effective at raising one’s energy level or the energy level of a group before an event where excitement is a key element.


Although music therapy is a professional discipline, you don’t have to be a music therapist to enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of music. Use music to help keep you from feeling stressed over the little things. Use music to take you from feeling blah to feeling optimistic and positive. Find music with positive lyrics that have powerful meaning for you, that inspire you and give you strength. Music is a simple yet powerful tool, so take the time to research music and how it can be of benefit to you.

By Lora Incardona

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