We are all musicians. (Manifesto)
And not just those who can sing or play an instrument.
More precisely, we are all musical (yes, even you too).
After all, it is what you are born with, interwoven into the fabric of everything.
How does this mysterious force affect your mood, or give you energy?
If you’ve ever moved with the beat, sang off key in the car, or been transported into a higher state of mind with your favorite song, you’re in the right place.
Music has been around longer than agriculture, societal constructs, or even language itself.
Our ancestors first communicated through sound, using pitch and tone to convey emotions and strength.
We learned the language of music by listening to nature's melodies:
Birds chirping in the trees,
The rustling of leaves,
The roar of the sea,
And the crash of thunder.
We've also observed the rhythm of nature, from the movement of the stars and planets to the ebb and flow of the tides and seasons.
Music's Spiritual Power
Everything in creation is rhythmic, and we all have rhythm because of that.
Music has always been the bridge that connects us to the spiritual realm, with shamans using sacred chants and songs to lead tribal communities into deeper states of awareness and healing.
Even today, music is used in every religion to facilitate connection with the divine.
From before birth to death, rhythm plays a significant role in our lives, with our heartbeat, breath rate, and brainwave cycles all entraining with each other.
Your body is a symphony, with every instrument playing in harmony. You are music.
Although music has the power to lift our spirits and heal us, Western culture has largely forgotten about its functional aspect as a healing force.
Nowadays, music is often just another source of free entertainment. However, with all the uncertainty in the world, effectively managing stress is more important than ever.
Music's Healing Powers: A Hidden Force for Wellness
Stress is a sneaky enemy that affects our bodies in many ways, even when it seems small.
Anxiety, depression, sleep issues, heart disease, and memory problems are all risks associated with chronic stress.
Luckily, music has been shown to be a powerful tool in improving heart health, blood pressure, and the immune system.
Listening to music can also help with anxiety and depression, which is why more doctors are using it in hospitals as a calming regimen with amazing results.
Studies have even shown that listening to music can produce the same calming effect as taking 10 milligrams of Valium. Music can help reduce cortisol levels and increase endorphin production, which makes you feel less stressed and more peaceful.
Incorporating music into your self-care routine can improve your overall well-being, even if you're in perfect health.
How Can Music-Making Bring Joy and Fulfillment to Your Life?
Creating music is even more beneficial than just listening to it.
Learning to read music, especially on the piano, has been linked to better memory, coordination, higher levels of endorphins, improved sleep, and lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Playing music also gives you a sense of accomplishment and relaxation, and can help decrease depression and increase self-awareness.
Playing music not only improves health, but also strengthens the mind by increasing neuroplasticity.
Learning the piano aids in supporting healthy brain function and memory, as demonstrated in studies. Professional musicians have 130% more grey matter and 102% more activity in the auditory cortex than non-musicians. Amateur musicians have an average of 37% more brain activity than those who only listen to music.
This is good news for the aging brain, as frequent musical instrument playing has been found to decrease the risk of developing dementia.
Learning music reduces stress by lowering cortisol and increasing endorphins. Stanford researchers found that music boosted endorphin levels, which increase feelings of euphoria and reduce anxiety.
Music can also help relieve mild depression, boost the immune system, and relieve insomnia. Anesthesiologist Ralph Spintge, M.D. used soothing piano music in preparing patients for surgery and found that he could use up to 50% fewer sedatives without side effects.
Music's beneficial effects on reducing anxiety and depression can last up to eight weeks after treatment.
As you can see, music's inherent ability to promote peace, harmony, and healing is something we can all use more of.
This is why I’ve made it my mission to help every music lover develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with music.
If you have the desire to be a music maker (or feel that music might actually be your second religion), we think you’ll love what we have here at QPL.
We create best-in-class music education that helps adult learners achieve long-term success at the piano.
We help people fulfill their dreams of learning the piano, no matter how late it may seem.
We help music lovers to actually enjoy the journey in becoming music makers.
We explore music’s endless potential to create inner and outer harmony.
If this resonates with you, stick around.
So glad you’ve stopped by. It means the world.
Have a look around and see if what we have is for you. Reach out and say “Hey!” anytime.
For the love of music!