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The Texas Commission on Drugs and Alcohol Abuse, Reported in the January 1988 Houston Chronicle that said "Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, [and] illicit drugs)(1 ). Learning music has also helped people recovering from drug addiction(2 ).

A study that was published in the online edition of the journal Brain, showed that after one year of musical training, children performed better in memory test than those who did not take music classes (3 ).

Music can strengthen the ability to think and reason. Researchers have found that making music can help increase language discrimination and development, improved math ability, improved school grades, better adjusted social behavior, and improvements in spatial temporal reasoning. Even listening to music can effect intelligence (4 ).

Frances H. Rauscher of the University of California said "There is a causal link between music and spatial reasoning," she added "We now know it's true for the short term in adults, just from listening to music. It's true for eight months and probably longer in preschool children, by actually studying music. So there's no reason to expect it would not be true for older kids." (5 ) .

Music can improve students attitudes toward history lessons and improve subject matter knowledge(6 ).

A study found that listening to soothing music and encouraging word while under anesthesia may ease recovery after surgery(7 ).

Research has shown that music can help stroke patients. Lead researcher Teppo Srkm said "As a result of our findings, we suggest that everyday music listening during early stroke recovery offers a valuable addition to the patients' care... it's an inexpensive means to facilitate cognitive and emotional recovery," (8 ).

Music has physiology and clinical symptoms. It can reduce stress, enhance a sense of comfort and relaxation, offer distraction from pain, and enhance clinical performance (9 ).

Speaking on the positive impact music has on people who suffer from heart diease Joke Bradt, of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University in Philadelphia said "We all know that music can impact on our emotions, our physiological responses, as well as our outlook on life, and this early research shows that it is well worth finding out more about how it could help heart disease patients. In particular, it would be interesting to learn more about the potential benefits of music offered by trained music therapists, which may be differ substantially from those associated with pre-recorded music," (10 ).

Music is being used to treat Veterans who suffer from things like from depression, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and cognitive disorders. A spokesman for the American Music Therapy Association a Mr Al Bumanis said about music as therapy for Vets "Doctors and nurses quickly saw that the music was more than just recreation," and "They saw it could be utilized as a treatment tool." (11 ).

Music can increase weight gain of premature infant, lower your heart rate after a heart attack, make pain killers more effective, activate memories of Alzheimer's patients, help children with autism and stroke victims communicate, it helps Parkinson's patients learn to walk, it makes therapy with mental illness more effective (12 ).

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