The Role of Achieving Creativity through Music to Ensure Mental Wellness

Music is a strong and bold instrument for the holistic development of school-going children. In our country still, the mindset is that whenever an examination will approach, parents ask children to not learn music or dance or any kind of cultural activity. These are actually steps against the holistic development of young kids. The most important issue is how to bring the attraction or increase the interest in the subject of the child.

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“Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory,” says Dr. Masha Godkin of North Central University. He also said that, it’s good to stick with classical music. One reason this genre works well is that there are no lyrics to distract you. You can also branch out into meditation music, which is ideal for concentration as it is meant to relieve stress and relax your mind. Music has a profound effect on our mood, blood pressure, and heart rate. For the best music to focus and study, choose tunes that keep you awake but won’t cause you to start tapping your body to the beat.

I have been working in this field for almost 25 years and have observed that as per the current system, schools are organising workshops for teachers’ learning programmes. The trainers come with their own ideas, which are basically repeatedly used by many people but as per presentation, it may look like just another old idea with a new cover.

The basic idea that I have developed is that whatever knowledge we receive from trainers, a very small amount of it like perhaps 2% can be executed in ground reality. Why? It depends on the infrastructure of the school and the workload of teachers too.

We need to find out the easiest way to motivate our children. The amount of effort and videos/images we incorporate in our teaching charts are beneficial to children for short-term memory only.. What we need to be very clear about, are words. Consider the following points:

  • Completion of syllabus does not prove the teaching or learning is over.
  • Completion of a notebook of a student doesn’t prove that the student has learnt.
  • Making the lesson plan doesn’t indicate the teacher’s teaching and student’s learning ability moving together.
  • Checking the notebook of students doesn’t prove that the learning quality of children has been checked because as per my experience, when a child gets delayed in completing his or her work, the students copy each other’s work, only to escape punishment.

We need to come out of the showcasing idea, need to find out the road map for the development of school children in the easiest way. Music is one of the most valuable ways to push the children for the next level of improvement. As teachers, we should provide the infrastructure for a new level of learning. Instead of asking students not to sing a song or dance or participate in any cultural activity, we, as a teacher should encourage them to make it a habit to listen to a good song, singing good song or any time take an instrument and should enjoy the happiness of life, The stress they are carrying it should go out from their body and mind. The expectations of all the family members, friends and teachers put huge pressure on their mind that the kids may not express but those who express their anxiety, saying the last word which is not giving us happiness.

Let’s talk about some good and effective ways to learn and try to inculcate better methods that we can follow…..

Through music, students are known to be improving their concentration levels towards their general studies. You may wonder how is it possible? As per biology, in our brain, ten points are there which absorbs sounds through our ears. When a child listens to good, especially instrumental music, it makes an invisible boundary in our brain. Why do we make the boundary wall in our area? To protect our privacy or property from outsiders. This is the concept I suggest for school going students because generally and normally children are studying or are reading through the eyes, but if their ears are open to receive various noises or sound so naturally child will have disturbance and be unmindful, and then concentration power will also go down. Here I am sharing a biological diagram whereas non- science people also understand how music can make a boundary wall in our brain.

“Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory,” says Dr. Masha Godkin of North Central University. He also said that, it’s good to stick with classical music. One reason this genre works well is that there are no lyrics to distract you. You can also branch out into meditation music, which is ideal for concentration as it is meant to relieve stress and relax your mind. Music has a profound effect on our mood, blood pressure, and heart rate. For the best music to focus and study, choose tunes that keep you awake but won’t cause you to start tapping your body to the beat.

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Learning or listening to music also improves memorization power. We all have seen that when an artist is performing on the stage or platform, maximum of them don’t use any notebook or anything, the exceptional case we may observe if an artist has to go through some structural way and practice is not done properly or any other reasons. At least if we take examples of Late Pt. Ravi Shankar or Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, you can see that they were or are not keeping any notebook when they were or are on stage!!! Why it happens?? They have used the exact capability of their brain. Whereas today we are dependent on electronic gadgets only!!! Today, unfortunately, we are far away from using our own brain. If someone will ask us ten or fifteen mobile numbers, maximum people will fail to remember the said numbers. But those musicians who can remember more number other than non-musical persons. In students’ brain, I have used many times how this musical ability can increase memorization power and also will power. In school, I love to make fusion, along with performing song- dance and playing instruments. And I proved that without seeing any notation or lyrics my students can perform very nicely.

Sometimes we make the practice of meditation. The mindset of the children and the school or the parents is that it is a waste of time. But I pursue my students to have meditation with soft instrumental music; it cannot be a one day try….continuously we need to have like this session at least two weeks , and give a pause for the day you will see students will ask you why the meditation is not there is today!! Its means the effect of music along with meditation started working on children. It will increase the patient quality of child will improve will power, concentration, anxiety, stress and every issue can be sorted out in this way.

Music also improves mental math. Many schools are having practice to keep extra mental math class for the mathematical improvement of the child. The whole conception can be done through music and it’s easy, because by singing or playing music, children can learn more mathematics by using their brain.

Another important and significant idea of learning music in school is – students have much improved their coordination quality. In a group musical event they learn how to help each other, even taking care of belongings or someone is not taking care of him or her, and If someone is going the wrong way, bringing back to the right way. Many things can be done naturally through musical ability.

In school, when I teach songs, I am looking for various type languages including English song. In India, we have many states and hence many languages. Each state varies different accent of English. Here also music helps a lot to correct mispronunciations!!! Children also get many ideas from other languages. I can remember one small experience – almost all Indians know a very beautiful song “Hum ko man ki Shakti Dena”. At the second last line, one word is there “Badi”. Many times I pronounced the word wrong. But when I worked in Punjab, then I came to know actual pronunciation and meaning of that particular word. The whole song is based on pure Hindi but only one word is inserted from Punjabi Language!!! Like that way, students get many ideas of languages also.

There are many more options through which music is helpful for the development of students. Music is very Bold- Soft – Sharp and strong method to develop students learning ability. Side by side music teachers also needs to be upgraded according to the needs of students. Each and every child is different and unique. Every day we have to do some homework for taking the challenges of students. This is true, as per my experience where another teacher may fail, their music teacher may rise. Actually, this is our duty to help other teachers to hand over weak students to bright students. Other teachers should pay respect to music teachers because behind the success of students may work music teacher contribution to students development, that will remain covered by our state of mentality. Because still in India, in school, music means, showing to own parents that the school is looking for the holistic development of their words. Sometimes getting awards into some reality show or event wise participation and child got some prize …That much only…. But the purpose of learning music is not getting the proper light so the importance of learning music is also not clear to schools as well as parents too.

School should not only focus on lessons and grades, but also education for life. The education system should really start to pay attention to the student’s well being too, and mindfulness meditation is one of the best methods for that. It will teach the students to improve their mindful awareness that can help them coping with stress, improve their optimism about life and also improve their performance in school.

Ayan Adhya is an M.A and B.Ed in music from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata. He has worked in many schools all over India namely Orchid International School, Ivy League Academy, Govind International Public School, Indian Heritage School and Taurian World School. Presently, he works at Royal Palace School, Jamkhandi in Karnataka. He has a rich work experience of more than 20 years and is the recipient of the International Education Icon Award 2019 for his contribution in the development of students through music.