What's Happening in Character Education?

The Rhythm of Relationships

Posted by Jennifer Patterson on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

By Jennifer Paterson, Founder & President of California Music Studios

The impact that music can have on our lives is incredible. Exposure to music can shape our emotions, advance our intelligence, and impact our future, starting in the womb and continuing throughout our lives. The right melodies, in the right moments, can be essential to nourishing better emotional, physical, and mental growth - trigger states of calm during stress, or offer motivation in times of need. On top of this, music can also build and strengthen relationships, improve social skills, and act as a bridge for human connection.

It's no surprise that you'll often hear music playing wherever you see a group of children. Even when playing as background noise, music can help to develop the social skills of children by bringing them together. This avenue for communication doesn't stop in childhood either. Consider the benefits of musical therapy - an established treatment route in mental health used to address emotional, cognitive, social, and physical needs. Through musical therapy, patients strengthen their ability to communicate with others, allowing for improved engagement, and offering a form of expression for feelings too difficult to describe.

But how exactly does the connection between music and forming relationships work? How can music form a basis for higher levels of confidence, improved interaction, and strengthened social skills?

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Topics: Relationship Building, Music, Extracurricular