Music effects on the mind.

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Music to my Ears

"And here's to you Misses Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know, whoa whoa whoa." For those of us who listen to eclectic types of music, you might recognize this catchy tune from one of Simon and Garfunkel's hit's "Ms. Robinson." You might wonder why the brain memorizes certain sections of songs or tunes, or why that chorus is stuck in your head all day long even if you don't like it. Scientist's believe that the brain is pre-wired for music.

The use of musical compositions is beneficial for the minds and bodies of many diverse individuals with physical and mental conditions. In addition, music has shown its amazing ability to be used as a therapeutic tool. Also, these sounds and beats are said to be a key in unlocking the mathematical minds of young scholars of the youth of the world.

Music can be a source of contact to the outside world for special needs students.

Depending on the intelligence of the students, those with mental disabilities can participate in a regular music program. Music can also be a source of comfort and learning for these students. For example, playing an instrument or listening to music will help improve their quality of life and give them the joy of accomplishment. Special needs students with ADD (attention deficit disorder) ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) and Dyslexia gravitate toward music and fine arts in an academic setting. Dyslexic students who want to learn drums have trouble distinguishing left hand and right hand patterns, or bass and snare drum rhythms. The key to unlocking their potential is isolating the beats into specific sections. Then they practice these beats one at a time, and introduce the separate sections into each other when the student has learned them...