How Does Music Affect Us?

Music affects us!

How it affects us depends on different multiple variables, including beat, rhythm, volume, lyrics.

Consider this one short article published some time ago in Scholastic magazine, a nationally published children’s school magazine:


Recent studies continue to enlighten us as to how and the degree to which music affects us. Consider this news report from NPR in which the reporter says the author of the book The Power of Music writes that “scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. That’s why she [the author] sees so much potential in music’s power to change the brain and affect the way it works” (“The Power of Music to Affect the Brain,” National Public Radio, June 1, 2011).

Note another excerpt from this report: “The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim believes that our early connection to sound is another reason for its power — one that in today’s world we sometimes forget. He thinks that because we live in a very visual society we’re more aware of what we see than what we hear. But he reminds us that the latest scientific evidence reveals that the ear, which we now know is active in the womb, has an advantage over the eye. He also says: ‘The ear has a head start over the eye, which doesn’t see anything until it comes out. The eye is also something that one can control more fully. If you don’t like the way I look, and you don’t want to see me, you close your eyes and I disappear. But if you don’t like my voice and you’re in the same room, then you cannot shut your ears in a natural way. Sound literally penetrates the human body.'”

Delicious Music advocates listening to the best music you can find so you can “feed” your child’s brain and heart with what is going to help your child in the future and create happy memories today.

Here are some of my personal favorites when it comes to music, much of which I grew up on. (Thanks, Mom!)