Music, possibly the best invention (at least one of the) made by humanity. Who doesn’t listen to music now? Be it Dr. Smith’s last hit Dre is (perhaps this hip hopper has been out for a long time, what do I know about Hip Hop?) Or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, people have been making and appreciating music from the beginning of days, in all cultures and all places in the world. And that’s not for nothing. Music does something to us, it moves us, moves us, motivates us. It can make us joyful and jubilant or plunge us into depression, it can frighten us, or it can make us brave and brave. Music tells a story, it conveys emotions, and it does much, much more for most people. It is difficult to imagine a world without music! So important stuff. But, on the other hand, how many visible, susceptible benefits of music are there exactly? We don’t want to miss music, but why not? The benefits of music are largely invisible to the eye, they are mental, psychological, or even “spiritual” to some people.
All nice and nice, those elusive, untouchable, music benefits, but what does science have to say about this? What does science have to do with something as pure, beautiful and ethereal as music, you might ask? Believe me, scientists have a lot to say about this. And the following (and much more, but we’ll keep it short!).
Imagine one class with and one class without music lessons. Which class do you think has the highest average IQ, and visual agility? If you think that these kinds of character traits are not influenced by the music lessons, then you are wrong. Indeed, as you probably expected, the class with music lessons scores higher on average on both IQ tests and visual agility tests.
At least, that’s what researchers Forgeard and colleagues found in a 2008 study. They compared eight to 11-year-old students on exactly these variables, and found that music can make us not only more musical, but also smarter.