One of the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYOHK) main goals and ambitions is delivering quality music to their global audience. Put simply, music is life to many of us- you find it everywhere! Maybe you have a particular choice and taste in music, and that is what defines you. You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations. Or perhaps you’ve listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up your performance.
Research has shown that listening to music, particularly music with a slow tempo and low pitch, and without lyrics or loud instrumentation, has a calming effect on people, even during highly stressful or painful events. It’s not clear why music may reduce pain, though music’s impact on dopamine release may play a role. But believe it or not, music does improve health.
How does music do that? See for yourself:
- Music as an Antidepressant – Research shows that listening to slow and low-pitched music can calm people down and also, ease their stress and pain. Effects of music have been reported to be stronger than antidepressant doses, and have proved their efficacy in preventing anxiety and stress.
- Pain Reliever – Again, studies involving patients complaining of pain have provided evidence that listening to music does alleviate pain and depression. Music sure can do miracles!
- Improves your Immune System – With music having so many positive impacts, research can’t seem to deny of its effects on the immune system! Music has also been found to lower stress hormone levels and decrease the levels of morbidity- and mortality-associated protein in bloodstream.
- Memory Booster – Ever wonder why learning seems easier when you’re listening to music? Research claims that music can help you remember things and might help people with dementia and other memory-related problems.
- Exercise Buddy – Listening to music also helps us swing to the top of our energy levels and exercise well. Studies report that motivational music during exercise helps you feel better and synchronizes your activity to achieve a better respiration rate.
For those who think music isn’t fun, try discovering it at the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYOHK) summer festival or global concerts and have your mind blown away! This year, the Summer Festival will be held in Hong Kong from 2-24 July.
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