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Music and Your Mentality: Does Music Keep the Brain Young?

Happy Tuesday! Our first Music and Your Mentality blog post asks the question: does music keep the brain young? Music may have many more psychological functions than you might know of...

Research by Johns Hopkins Medicine has shown that music engages the brain in an entire workout through the aging process. While music is usually thought of as a mechanism of relaxation or releasing emotion, otolaryngologists say that "Music is structural, mathematical and architectural."

Working different parts of the brain simultaneously, music translates sound waves into nerve impulses that travel across the brain. This helps release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that gifts mood-boosting benefits. A 2020 study by AARP supports music's link with happiness, showing that 69% of their survey respondents who went to musical performances rated their brain health as "excellent" or very good" compared to the 52% for those who never attend.

In addition to promoting your well-being, listening to and engaging with music can "reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory." Exploring new genres of music also helps challenge the brain and mobilize it to understand the foreign sound, actively working the brain. Here at Bellachorda, we have expanded to include classical music, jazz, pop, folk, musical theatre, as well as many other genres that our youth volunteers specialize across different countries. Feel free to tour our diverse series of #SongsOfComfort episodes here.

New blog posts come every week.