The immense popularity earned by music festivals like Coachella and online music services like Pandora and Spotify is proof of how important music is to our culture. Researchers continue to find that listening to music or learning music is strongly linked to our mental and emotional health. If these aren’t reason enough to get you to strum your chords and bang your heads, here are a few solid evidences to help speed up the process.

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Saved by musicJenlink conducted a qualitative study in 1993 on a school’s attempt to raise the self-esteem of its at-risk students by encouraging the school’s music program. Detailed interviewing, analysis of

Jenlink conducted a qualitative study in 1993 on a school’s attempt to raise the self-esteem of its at-risk students by encouraging the school’s music program. Detailed interviewing, analysis of diaries, and observation of students were done to determine the pre-state of students before the study was conducted.

The study revealed that the music program significantly decreases students’ feelings of alienation, promotes individual growth, and provides a common bond between home and school. In addition to this, participation in a select musical performing group of sixteen students picked by the teacher, showed visible improvement in goal attainment, sense of teamwork, leadership qualities, academic achievement, feelings of victory, and cultural exposure.A complete transformation of lives through music education

A complete transformation of lives through music educationHigh school students were subjected to a detailed analysis in the year 2002 to study the effects of music lessons on their social and academic lives. Interscholastic participation promoted the students development and showed an increase in emotional and intelligence quotient. Standardized test

High school students were subjected to a detailed analysis in the year 2002 to study the effects of music lessons on their social and academic lives. Interscholastic participation promoted the students development and showed an increase in emotional and intelligence quotient. Standardized test were given by these students to verify academic, social and emotional development and their results were then analyzed to draw the conclusion that music lessons should be widely encouraged by schools from the very beginning to produce all-round achievers.Music promotes empathy and goodwill

Music promotes empathy and goodwill

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Chorus America, a national organization to instigate and encourage professional, volunteer and youth choruses conducted a study in 2001 which concluded that choral singers are more likely to be active participants in charity work, as donors and volunteers than the average person with no musical habits. Furthermore, choral singers tend to be more keep on keeping up with current affairs and participate in the political process than non-participants.Play away to love yourself

Play away to love yourselfIn the year 2004, Costa-Giomi observed the effects of three years of piano lessons on grade 4 student’s self-esteem. A hundred and seventeen students were taken into consideration for this research. The study was conducted by splitting students into two groups: one that took piano classes every week for three years (64 students) and other with no music lessons (54 students).

In the year 2004, Costa-Giomi observed the effects of three years of piano lessons on grade 4 student’s self-esteem. A hundred and seventeen students were taken into consideration for this research. The study was conducted by splitting students into two groups: one that took piano classes every week for three years (64 students) and other with no music lessons (54 students).

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Both the groups were measured to have the same level of self-esteem before the commencement of classes. Conclusions drawn from the study indicated that those who took music classes for three years showed a significant improvement in self-esteem than those who did not participate or dropped out of piano classes.Music serves as a constant push to learn and to grow

Music serves as a constant push to learn and to growA research conducted by German institute for economic research showed that even after compensating for a large number of parental, demographic and socioeconomic background differences, learning a musical instrument or vocal training is associated with improvement in cognitive skills, conscientiousness, and an ability to dream big.

A research conducted by German institute for economic research showed that even after compensating for a large number of parental, demographic and socioeconomic background differences, learning a musical instrument or vocal training is associated with improvement in cognitive skills, conscientiousness, and an ability to dream big. Students were categorized as musically active if they played any musical instruments between the age of eight and seventeen as part of

Students were categorized as musically active if they played any musical instruments between the age of eight and seventeen as part of school or outside school. A high score in standardized cognitive skills tests backed this theory. Young musicians were nearly fifteen percent more likely to consider attending a university than non-musicians after graduating from high school. A much needed outlet

A much needed outlet

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Adolescence, a rough patch that everyone goes through is filled without confusions of every kind. Seventy percent of adolescents have reported that music has been an emotional outlet for them and has helped in resolving issues calmly and motivated them to work harder towards their goals. Lyrics of some songs are reported to have helped them understand complex emotions that they find hard to express themselves. The same is true for young adults that are just stepping into the adventurous world of freedom. Music gives them a sense of self that equips them to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially to mature as well-rounded people.

Lyrics of some songs are reported to have helped them understand complex emotions that they find hard to express themselves. The same is true for young adults that are just stepping into the adventurous world of freedom. Music gives them a sense of self that equips them to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially to mature as well-rounded people.

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