Why is Music Important?

Did you know that music making is part of what makes humans human? Every culture makes music. Not only that, every past culture has made music too. Musical instruments are amongst the oldest man-made objects ever found. For example, there are flutes around 37,000 years old and perhaps even older!

Compare this with reading and writing. The earliest forms of writing are no more than about 3500 years old. And many cultures of the world still do not read or write.

Or how about this? Scientists have recently discovered that music affects many parts of our brain very deeply (grown-ups can look at the book This is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin to find out more). But you don’t need to be a scientist to understand that! Trying singing ‘Happy Birthday’ or a Christmas song and you will understand. What do these tunes make you think of? How do they make you feel? You’ll be filled with all sorts of memories and feelings when you hear these tunes—many more than would if you simply said the words ‘birthday’ or ‘Christmas’.

Music gets under your skin. It creates strong feelings. And it creates strong memories.

Music is a language. It is a language for all humans. It is a language that is there when normal language is of little use.

In November 2009 the UK remembered two important events. One was the passing of the generation of soldiers who fought in World War One. The other was the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The first was very sad. The second was very happy. In both cases these events were remembered with music:

  1. The passing of the WW1 generation: A church service in Westminster Abbey, London.
  2. ‘For the Fallen’ sung by the choir of Westminster Abbey 11/11/09

  3. The fall of the Berlin Wall: A free concert by the rock band U2.

In fact there was music at the Berlin Wall on the very day it fell. On that day in 1989 people climbed onto the wall and burst into song! Nobody told them to sing. They just did it by themselves! Look at this picture to see for youself (click on the picture to see the singing more clearly):

Singing on the Berlin Wall in 1989

So why do these things happen? Why is there music at important occasions?

The answer is that music says things that cannot be said in words. We need music to say the things we cannot say any other way. If there is great joy, we need music. If there is great sadness, we need music. In fact, we need music whenever we have a great need to say something important (click here to read my own story).

So why is it important to learn about music?

Well, why is it important to learn to read and write? So we can communicate! The more we learn, the more we can say what we want to say. It’s the same with music. The more we learn about music, the more we will be able to say what we want to say in music. In other words, the more we learn about music, the more we will be able to say things that we cannot say in words. But that’s not all. The more we learn about music, the more we will also understand about what it means to be human.

Why is music especially important for kids?

Children’s brains are developing. Children’s brains are like sponges that soak up anything that’s going. That means children are much more ready to hear new things than adults. Many adults think that certain types of music (for example, heavy classical music) are not for children. In fact the opposite is often true. If an adult has not heard a particular type of music in childhood, then they will not normally like that music as an adult. This means they will ignore it. On the other hand, a child will just take in new music as yet another new experience in their lives.

In other words, the more types of music children hear, the more types of music they will like as adults. And the more types of music they like as adults, the more they will listen to. And the more types of music they will listen to, the more they will understand about the essential language of music itself!

Picture credits:
  1. Singing on the Berlin Wall in 1989. This photograph was taken on 10th November 1989 by Sue Ream of San Francisco, California, USA. This picture may be used freely providing one credits the photographer. Click here for the source of the image, along with the relevant copyright information.
Video credits:
  1. For The Fallen : Choir of Westminster Abbey. The Choir of Westminster Abbey sing the words of the Remembrance Day poem by Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen, to a setting by Douglas Guest. Taken from a service in Westminster Abbey to commemorate the passing of the last British veterans of World War One.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rahul 23rd September 2012

i liked it

2 Dima Mandryka 11th October 2012

i understand why alot of people learn music!

3 gurveen 14th October 2012

i now understand why music is so important.

4 Joey 15th October 2012

I find music a very interesting and heart-felt topic. When I hear it, I feel as if im walking on clouds. Music is my life and soul. I <3 MUsic.

5 Tevita Sekeni 22nd October 2012

I loved it!
Thanks, for sharing that:)

6 michael18 26th October 2012

cool, liked it

7 Olarel 14th January 2013

This is lovely

8 BAILEY 15th March 2013


9 Karishma 10th June 2013


10 reign 22nd November 2013

love it

11 reign 22nd November 2013

thank you for putting this up helps alot

12 Ester Soares 5th February 2014

a very helpful share
thank you

13 abigael 9th February 2014

I realy love music.thanks 4 sharing

14 vanshika 18th March 2014

i luv my music it always cheeres me up

15 Bidhur thami 10th May 2014

Thanx…itz vry important to knw for all the music lovers, Parents and students..and the people around the world.,
”music is one for all like the sky”

16 iballisticsquid 14th June 2014

I play the flute, ukelei , violin, piano and saxophone.

17 Retish 21st June 2014

I luv MUSIC… Thanx 4 sharing dis info

18 Babitha 30th June 2014


19 Popcornlover 23rd October 2014

I love this website,I love music and I always want to learn more about it!!!

20 Mili 30th October 2014

Well the info is fine

21 Evans. 15th November 2014

music is the best reflector of the future..

22 Ameli 1st December 2014

I have a better explanation for music. I believe music is one of the entertainment we need in our daily lives. Music is designed to get people inspired by the fantastic flow of its creative beat. Music represent the world we are living in right now. It represents also emotional feelings, vivid and interesting cultures, and bringing up important messages of how life negative or positive can. Without music, we wouldn’t express all these things. The part of music I would miss is the meaning of the song. Meaning is the important. It gives us a lesson we must know and apply to ourselves. I find music like a story. It tells us the beginning, middle, and end. Music matters to me, to him, to her, to them, and to you.

23 ishika 7th December 2014

I luv music

24 pawan 30th December 2014

Music fuels the mind and thus fuels our creativity. A Creative mind has the ability to make discoveries and create innovations. Music can be very engaging in the classroom and is a great tool for memorization. I’m sure if more teachers used song to teach the multiplication tables, kids would retain that information much quicker. Music teaches us self discipline and time management skills that you cannot get anywhere else. It is well known that music has a power to influence the way we dress, think, speak, and live our lives. Music is universal in that there are no boundaries to understanding music. Even animals like Birds, Dogs, and Whales can understand music to a certain degree. Music is universal in that there are no boundaries to understanding music. Music matters to me, to him, to her, to them, and to you.

25 Tebogo Ishmael 3rd February 2015

One thing i like about music is that it keeps us going and it is able to tell untold stories. I’d compare it to Art

26 Delilah 31st March 2015

I agree

27 Joey 1st April 2015

Music is my favorite!!! I love listening to emotional songs

28 Sarah 14th June 2015

thank you for sharing this!!

29 Abby Biswas 7th September 2015

thanks really helpful. music is my passion!

30 judae laurillo 15th September 2015

music is everything for us…
it helps us a lot in our everyday life.
I cant imagine living without music,
we all love music even if sometimes, music don`t love us back!!

31 Catty 13th October 2015

Music is really something in itself which cannot be explained by mere text. Its just universal and eternal

32 Sophi 2nd November 2015

I love music, I listen to it everyday and it makes the world go round

33 charitha 3rd February 2016

music gives soul to universe
wings to mind
flight to imagination and
life to every thing

34 Ajeesh dhas 10th March 2016

Iam really liked this message.its very meaningful.Thanks.

35 Guy 28th March 2016

It’s a great story and I completely agree

36 Sarah 12th April 2016

WOW. Amazing. I may only sing and learn the piano but i love music. Music is my life.

37 Buhle Cara 25th April 2016

Music combines cultures in a way that nobody can ever notice, its just
Another way of combining people and its working like magic!

38 Sabatha Boqwana 10th May 2016

One really can’t live without music. Amazing stuff.

39 sherwin 9th June 2016

I can’t live without music 🙂

40 i 8th September 2016

Great website
really helpful 4 school assignment I don’t know what I’d do without music
I sing dance play piano
music is my life

41 Jo 22nd September 2016

Music is really important for our lives!!!!we cant leave without music!!!!music realaxes us and make us dream… imagine…hope…thats music and we all love it!!!!!

42 Man and Vam Kensington 10th October 2016

Thank you for posting this, it really does mention some great points. music certainly makes us human and without it the world would be a very different place! excellent post – thanks again!

43 bryan bartreau 15th November 2016

i like it

44 Kemberly Franco 10th March 2017


45 Lanzare Yao 3rd April 2017

I loved music

46 parentsupporthub.com 7th April 2017

The brain processes speech and sound, in the same way, therefore having access to music from a young age support language development. Learning to play an instrument has an even greater impact on speaking and listening skills. This is because as they learn the skills required to play they are practicing high-level listening skills to decipher the different sounds. This is called neurophysiological distinction and it directly impacts on the spoken language as it does musical notes.

There are some studies that also suggest learning music can help children who are learning more than one language. The process of learning to read and play music enriches the language pathways in the brain. As they learn to recognize small differences between sounds they strength their ability to understand and repeat various pronunciations. The effect is so great that when a child learns music their brain will be forever pre-disposed to learning foreign languages, even if they don’t learn any till adulthood.

47 preeti gambhir 10th April 2017

i liked it

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