Playing music has a profound effect on our brains. Music can change your mood and can be very healing. I remember a dear friend telling me that God healed her heart in the midst of one of our worship parties!
Music is even used as therapy in hospitals and nursing homes. Here’s an interesting video on how music has helped people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Listening to music is good for your brain, but playing a musical instrument is even better! It has been compared to taking your brain for a workout at the local gym. Here a FUN video that attempts to show what happens to your brain while playing an instrument, like the guitar.
I remember well how one of the mom’s in a Homeschool Convention where we were exhibiting came to our booth to tell us how much her teenage daughter loved the Worship Guitar Class lessons. She told us that not only was her daughter getting good at playing worship songs on the guitar, but that all of her grade were going up in her other subjects!
That makes sense knowing that playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of your brain all at once. It’s especially good at firing up the visual, auditory and motor skills. That is helpful in learning all sorts of subjects. Your brain can apply what it has learned in music to other activities and subjects that you study.
Have you noticed that Doctor’s are often good musicians? Playing music helps you develop fine motor skills, where just listening to it does not. Playing music increases the activity in your brain.
I believe playing worship music is even more edifying and satisfying to our souls than just playing any type of music.
Before I was a born again Christian, I used to enjoy music by artists like George Benson and Michael Jackson. As a Christian, I tried to listen to these albums and just could not tolerate the words. They had never bothered me before, but I had a new understanding of the message and it certainly did not glorify my God.
Much of the music of olden days was written to God’s Glory, like all the composition by J.S. Bach. Now there are wonderful musicians that write songs to specifically honor God with the lyrics and music. To me, that’s the most beneficial music you can play!