Have you ever heard that music is good medicine to heal our heart and soul?
Two children who suffered from leukemia diagnosis, were helped by music thanks to Emily Menhorn, a musical therapist who bought some fun to their hospital beds. She believes using music and instruments can break the ice, conquer fear, and make it all hurt a little less through the power of song.
It is believed that music is a great vehicle to break through communications barriers. The children are more willing to talk after meeting Emily. They are also playing instruments, like drums, and composing their own rap songs or singing with the combination of the bells. Playing music together is a shared fleeting experience which creates long-lasting memories. When people know it will be one-of-a-kind experience, people become more present, in the moment. That, ‘right here and now’ presence-of-mind creates electric energy shared amongst those gathered to experience whatever the event it is. Creating music is a great way to build human relationships.
The children involved with Emily’s program have also shown increased creativity after the program. Children have built a treehouse at home after singing a song which related to it. A study conducted by the research team of Stanford University School of Medicine has shown that the brain partitions information into meaningful chunks by extracting information about beginnings, endings and the boundaries between events when listening to music. It is a process of event segmentation. Music not only builds a relationship among people, but also helps learn and develop creativity.
Apart from that, music can help children feel relaxed when they are facing pressure or fear. You must have experienced this as well. The patient felt better when they were singing songs while they had injection. They even didn’t know the needle has been pulled out. In fact, there are lots of cases shown that music is used for medical purposes such as lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety associated with autism. Another study conducted by The University of Nevada, Reno, found that the type of music like Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums, and flutes are very effective at relaxing the mind even when played moderately loud. With the new calm self, it is easier to function at the best in many activities.
Knowing music has such benefits, let’s start to cultivate our children’s creativity and let them enjoy playing instruments. Joko’s World apps provided virtual instruments like balafon, tambourine, and flute for your children’s entertainment. Our apps are now available on Apple store and Google play, check it out!