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The Power of Music

5 Ways to Make Music Part of Your Life

Music is good for your mind, body and soul. It helps you to celebrate, relax, reminisce and connect with other people. Whether you sing in the shower or play a musical instrument, music can enrich your life and offers health benefits. Here are a few ways to make music a part of your life.

Go to a Concert

There’s almost always a concert going on somewhere in the Chicagoland area. When the weather is nice, head outdoors to a nearby festival, rooftop or outdoor theatre. Ravinia, located in Highland Park, is North America’s oldest music fest and offers more than 140 musically diverse events. This year, the Northwestern Medicine Grand Entrance will help you to safely enter Ravinia without waiting for trains to pass, so you won’t miss a beat.

It’s Showtime

If you’d rather be in the spotlight, put on a show for your friends and neighbors. It doesn’t have to be fancy – your garage or backyard will do. Better yet, encourage them to join the fun and put on a neighborhood talent show. If you want to take your show on the road, local nursing homes may let you perform for residents during holidays and other times of the year.

Boost Your Brainpower

Music learning supports all learning and even increases IQ, according to research. It can improve hand-eye coordination, language development, test scores and spatial intelligence. Encourage your child to sign up for the school band, orchestra or choir. It’s a great way to get involved at school and even when you’re looking for a new hobby later in life.

Chill Out

Roll out the yoga mat and do your favorite poses or breathing exercises while listening to slow, melodic, classical pieces. Studies show that a soothing tempo can help to lower blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate and blood flow.

Dance Party

Instead of couch potato Friday nights, get your favorite playlist and invite some friends to dance off the week’s excess energy. The beat, fast tempo and physical activity will be good for your heart.

Whether you go to a concert or you prefer to relax with Mozart, start today and see how music makes your life better.