Music therapy is said to evoke positive emotions releasing endorphins. It has power to stimulate memory and change your thought process from negative to positive or sad to happy. Music helps keeping anxiety and depression at bay. It also reduces stress It is believed that it also increases attention levels, thereby enhancing learning, hence many students are seen playing music while studying. Particularly classical music is said to enhance learning. Areas of physical activities like gyms, yoga centers, meditation centre's, zumba classes etc also take the help of music in big way. They feel that when one is into heavy training and exercising music helps them divert their mind.
Music has both Cardiovascular and Neurological benefits According to study done in Sion Hospital, Mumbai music said to be good to treat hypertension. As per the study hypertensive individuals can benefit both by passive listening to the music and also by active music like drumming. Another research, again in Mumbai has used music for rehabilitation after a stroke. Sometimes the person loses ability to speak due to stroke but may be able to sing as right side of the brain is intact.
It can be used in various medical conditions like diabetes, headache, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, rheumatism, physical handicaps, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, and aging.. Music is also known to reduce fatigue. Music also can lessen acute or chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions.
A research in UK found kids who received music therapy had reduced depression. Music boosts self esteem in those who were being treated for emotional problems.
A research done at University of Washington USA concluded that babies who engage themselves in musical games can easily master language skills. It also concluded that experiencing rhythmic pattern in music can also improve the ability to detect and predict rhythmic patterns in speech.