Music is the universal language. Everyone, regardless of ones native tongue, understands music. It evokes emotions and relaxation in people. Music has had a profound effect on my life for as long as I can remember. I have always loved music and loved how it makes me feel and think. What I love most about music is that it is an extension of me, my personality.
I, myself, am a musician and can play many different musical instruments. Music, other than writing of course, is my life. Growing up, my parents required my brother and me, to learn an instrument, and we had to be in band all through high school. That was one of the best gifts my parents have ever given me. Music has bettered my life because in just about every aspect of ones being.
Music has increased my memory. I still remember how to play certain songs that I played in high school. I have a lot of great memories involving music as well, since I listen to various types of music throughout my day. I am familiar with the Mozart Effect, and when I would study difficult classes such as Organic Chemistry or various math classes, I would listen to Mozart. I found that when I reviewed my class notes or when reading my textbooks, I remembered more of the material and had a better understanding of it when tested. I truly believe that music has helped my memory.
When I was younger, I was horrible in math. It did not make sense to me. However, once I started band, I started doing better with math. Music itself involves fractions, time, counting, rhythm and patterns. When I was in college I saw a huge improvement of my math skills since I was able to notice patterns within Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.
Reading and Comprehension
I was not “diagnosed” with dyslexia until my freshman year of college. I always had a very difficult time reading and comprehending what I had read. Honestly I hated reading when I was a kid. However, it was my love for Elvis Presley that helped me to “learn” to read. When I was younger, I would reading anything I could find about Elvis, since he intrigued me. Reading about music, and my favorite musician helped me to learn to read, and to improve my comprehension skills.
Music has allowed me to achieve a lot in my life. I can play the flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and a little bit of the piano. I am now teaching myself the guitar so I can achieve a goal of mine, to play “Stairway to Heaven” on the electric guitar. I have been given many opportunities because of music. In high school, I was given an opportunity to travel around Europe playing my saxophone, an offer I wish I would have been able to accept, and at the age of 18, I was accepted into the Army Band. Music has opened so many doors for me and has allowed me to achieve so much in my life.
Music is an important part of my life, and my home. My children are always hearing various types of music, as I believe they should experience all that music has to offer. I am going to require my children to learn an instrument, and they too will be required to play though out high school, as I believe that nothing outweighs the benefits of musicianship