Have you ever experienced the power of music?

I’ve always been attached to music and I was raised listening to my mum singing every day at home. Actually, it is so important to me that I’ve been a singer-songwriter for 15 years and performing in front of an audience is still a constant healing activity.

I started to compose with my guitar in my teens as a therapy for my soul. I took all my pain and I turned it into something beautiful, so this way my sadness became a story and that feeling won me over. For these reasons, I’m pretty sure that music heals.

In fact, society has been using songs and rhythm in order to heal since ancient times. For instance, China has always given a huge relevance to music and we can find this out just glancing at these two characters:

We all know that music is used in yoga, meditation or reiki. But, why? Many studies show that it is able to reduce pain, slow heart rate, enhance blood pressure, reduce levels of stress hormones or even depression. It is also recognised that music can boost the immune system and our mood, or can help people with Alzheimer or dementia because it recalls memories and emotions. So, why don’t we use it more in the classroom?

In education, it is proved by experiments that studying while listening to melodies reach better results. Music creates deep emotional connections which are perfect for learning and for remembering what we learn. In other words, music may aid memory. Furthermore, it promotes active learning and develops creative thinking.

Therefore, music makes an impact in our well-being and helps us through difficulties. And this is not due to a placebo effect, it is a real outcome. So, what about using it more frequently in our class routines? Teachers, do you use music in your lessons?

Alba Lanza