From expectant mothers playing Mozart to their growing bumps, to cannabis growers in Colorado experimenting with heavy metal to increase plant flowering, music has been used to stimulate and refine for millennia. The inhabitants of southern Germany were making flutes out of mammoth ivory and the bones of birds nearly 43,000 years ago. As anyone who has ever used a particularly upbeat dance track to get them through the last few kilometres of a gruelling run can attest, music is inspirational.
It is not just listening to music that can change your life for the better. Research by Illinois’ Northwestern University has shown that playing an instrument can improve listening skills, with even a short period of musical training in childhood conferring benefits into adult years. A study by the University of Zurich indicates even more striking effects.
"Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both children and adults"
"Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both children and adults,” the University’s psychologist Lutz Jancke told the Daily Telegraph in 2009.
bemore’s teachers can open up a world of music, from Afro-Cuban bass guitar to classical French horn. As Shakespeare said, “When words fail, music speaks.” Let it speak for you.