Music plays a pivotal role during this time of year. Music is present in schools when recitals are abundant celebrating the holidays with school performances, holiday parties and gatherings. Music is also present during religious gatherings at choir performances, in the community and playing all over the radio. It is the time of year where families come together and cook, shop and relax all to the sounds of music.
The holidays go hand in hand with music and because of it, it is essential to encourage people to use this musical opportunity to inspire music among ourselves and others beyond the holiday season. Music has been accredited in providing very profound benefits to the body and to family and friend units. Music promotes development in infants and in children. It bonds families across generations with songs and music, it stimulates areas of the brain that correlate directly with sensations, personal motivation and goals. Music stimulates social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development and self-esteem. Music helps us create and recall memories with significant meanings to us.
Studies demonstrate that singing has the ability to slow the person’s pulse and heart rate,and decrease the levels of stress in our bodies, therefore making it a tool to relieve stress especially during the holiday season. Music promotes positive social interaction and bonding through association and memories. Music is an ageless way to connect with older relatives and create ties between youngest and oldest family members. The powers of music is like no other.