Reducing pain and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, fighting insomnia, increasing and awakening emotions, helping the development of children’s brains and even babies, and calming nerves are some of the reasons to listen to classical music. The health benefits have been proven by several scientific researches.
A Stanford University study entitled The Advantages of Listening to Music: Response and Connectivity of the Mesolithic System found that listening to classical music produces psychological benefits. The results of the research pointed out that listening to music increases blood flow in several areas of the brain, activating areas linked to autonomy, cognition and emotion, while other areas release dopamine.
“Dopamine is a chemical substance that, among other things, affects the emotional state and the ability to feel pleasure. The release of dopamine, which occurs while other areas of the brain interact, allows for an increased sense of well-being. The benefit of classical music implies in our understanding of disorders such as depression, bipolarity, and schizophrenia,” said the authors of the study.
Knowing the importance of music in children’s education, Sesi-ES took the initiative to include music teaching in their schools, as an extension course, without any extra cost to parents and guardians. The students of the school network are stimulated from an early age to develop their interest in musical instruments through the project Classical Music at School.
The action is carried out in partnership with the Culture Division, through the Camerata Sesi Orchestra. The program aims to awaken interest in classical music in the daily lives of students, who work with four classical instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass.
“The music helps to tune the students’ sensibility, increases their ability to concentrate. The instrument demands this concentration from the child,” emphasizes the conductor Leonardo David, holder of the Camerata Sesi Orchestra. For him, classical music helps in the development not only of children but also family development. “Music has the power to bring people together and connect them,” he said.
For those who want to enjoy live classical music, the next concert of the Camerata Sesi Orchestra will take place on Thursday, 20 (Thursday) at 8 pm, at the Sesi Jardim da Penha Theater in Vitoria. The show will be conducted by maestro Helder Trefzger, and solo by violinists Ricardo Amado and Carlos Mendes. The orchestra will honor the 125th anniversary of the death of the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. The musicians will present the composition Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky, opus 35a, by the Russian Anton Arensky.
Check below the 7 health benefits of listening to classical music.
Classical music can help reduce pain and anxiety
A study by the Duke Cancer Institute in the USA found that using noise-canceling headphones playing classical music (Bach concerts were used in the experiment) reduced the pain and anxiety of a prostate biopsy. Scientists say that the procedure usually causes a peak in diastolic blood pressure as a result of stress and anxiety. However, in men who heard the music, there was no such peak. In addition, those wearing headphones reported significantly less pain associated with the procedure.
Classical music can lower blood pressure
Researchers at the University of San Diego, California, compared the changes in blood pressure in patients who were asked to listen to classical, jazz or pop selections. Those who listened to classical music had significantly lower levels of systolic blood pressure after the experiment, when compared to participants who did not listen to any music or were assigned to other musical styles.
Classical music can increase and awaken emotion
A 2001 survey at Southern Methodist University in Dallas asked students to describe the event or the most significant experience in their lives while listening to silence or classical music in the background. The scientists found that classical music not only affected the emotional response and types of emotional language used, but also affected the topics that the participants chose to disclose, promoted greater expression, and actually caused an increase in the pleasure of listening to classical music. This research is important, for example, to help therapists and counselors who need to make patients relax, spread experiences, and come into contact with disturbing emotions.
Listening to classical music can help you fight insomnia
Scientists at the University of Toronto, Canada discovered that even insomniac patients could fall asleep listening to some classic songs before going to sleep. The research pointed out that listening to classical music helped participants fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, even those who wake up regularly during the night.
According to the researchers, classical music is an effective aid to sleep because it uses rhythms and tonal patterns that create a meditative climate and slow brain waves. The most effective pieces to make patients sleep were the works of Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Strauss and Bach.
Classical music can promote brain development in children
In research conducted by Dr. Gordon Shaw of the University of California-Irvine, it was found that children who listened to Mozart and then studied piano had higher grades than others in mathematics. Other studies also point out that listening and practicing music can help children develop space and verbal skills and promote self-control. The so-called “Mozart Effect,” for example, says that an individual who listens to classical music experiences an increase in spatial reasoning ability. Although temporary, these gains result in increased IQ in children.
Classical music has a calming effect
An article published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing in 2008 presented a survey on pregnant women who reported reduced levels of stress, anxiety and depression after listening to a 30-minute CD of classical music. According to Dr. Kevin Labar of Duke University, “classical music produces this calming effect by stimulating the brain to release dopamine (a hormone associated with pleasure) and inhibit the release of hormones from stress. Labar emphasizes, however, that if you don’t like classical music, you won’t have the same effect, and that other methods of relaxation may be more appropriate.
Babies can even grow faster in response to classical music
Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel, suggest that music can be a key component in helping premature babies grow and be healthy. University professor Dror Mandel and Dr. Ronit Lubetzky, both from Tel Aviv University, exposed premature babies to half an hour of Mozart every day, with remarkable results. Babies who heard the music grew much faster than those who were not exposed to musical stimulation.
Researchers are still unsure what is causing the effect, but they think it has to do with the soothing properties of classical music, which can help reduce stress and stimulate the immune system of even the youngest listeners. Regardless of the cause, the effect is another tool that can help premature babies gain weight, grow, and be sent home with their anxious parents weeks before.