One and Two – Growing and Maintaining the Brain
Children and the elderly both gain mental benefits from music. Brains grow more and better in children who listen to or play music. The ability to remember improves in elderly people who listen to or play music. These benefits are greater for the elderly who play music.
Three: Blood Pressure
Listening to and playing music reduce blood pressure in children, adults, and the elderly. Playing music reduces the pressure more.
At any age, people who listen to or play music are happier. Happy people have better health.
Five and Six: Making and Keeping Friends
Playing music helps children, adults, and the elderly make and keep friends. For children, learning to make friends is important to growth. For the elderly, opportunities to make friends are fewer, and playing music increases them. Having friends improves health and longevity.
Seven: Problem Resolution
Especially for children, playing music improves problem resolution. Children that play music think of several ideas instead of just one idea for solving a problem. Having fewer problems reduces stress and improves health throughout one’s life.