September is Classical Music Month, Piano Month, and Southern Gospel Music Month. As if this isn’t enough music to our ears, September is also a time to get out of our chairs and dance. This month marks Square Dancing Month and the celebration of Line Dancing Week from September 14–19.
Music is not just an enjoyable distraction. Research shows that music has the ability to alter the chemical processes of the brain in healthy ways. It may come as no surprise that music can reduce amounts of the stress hormone cortisol. But did you know that listening to pleasurable music actually strengthens our immune systems? Music is associated with the antibody immunoglobulin A, which helps the immune system identify and fight off harmful germs and bacteria. Research also links classical music to immediate improvements in epilepsy and autism symptoms and some spatial reasoning tests (dubbed the “Mozart Effect”).