Playing music or singing together releases endorphins in the brain. Endorphins help you feel focused, they reduce pain perception and improve mood. They are the natural chemical in the brain that give you the “I did it!” feeling.
When we use music to teach a skill, complete a task or work through a transition these chemicals are released and help prime the brain for learning. When stress is reduced and that “I did it!” feeling floods the brain we can support and increase learning, development, and social/emotional growth.
Along with endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin are also released in the brain when singing or playing music with others. Making music together or moving to music together builds trust and increases feelings of connectedness and elevates our mood. Caregivers, parents and teachers can use music throughout the day to create successful opportunities for growth.