Music Impacts Learning, Health & Wellness
* Senior citizens who are actively involved in music making enjoy significant health benefits. For example, studies who that music activates the cerebellum and therefore may aid stroke victims regain language capabilities.
* Many of the challenges that plaque older Americans appear to respond positively to active music making. For example, scientific studies show improvements in the brain chemistry of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
* Studies show that older Americans who are actively involved in music making show improvements in anxiety, loneliness, and depression-three factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system, and improving health.
* A breakthrough study demonstrated that group keyboard lessons given to older Americans had a significant effect on increasing levels of human growth hormone (hGH), which is implicated in such aging phenomena as osteoporosis, energy levels, wrinkling, sexual function, muscle mass, and aches and pains.