Classical and jazz can benefit on deeper levels because of the complexity of the structure and of the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic development.
It is well documented that early exposure to music is of paramount importance in the healthy development of the brain. Research points to the pre-disposition of music in our species. Infants universally are calmed and relaxed by soothing consonant music, such as lullabies. Modern researchers have determined that classical music by composers such as J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart, for example, contribute greatly to creating order within the brain, allowing for greater ability to focus and think.
Music uses all of the human brain, and these more complex forms are able to energize and open the psyche on deep levels, allowing for greater imaginative exploration within the individual due to the rich variety of colour and depth of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic development. These are key qualities that provide depth of experience for the listener.
Performed by high calibre artists, both classical and jazz, which are interconnected genres, can affect the listener on tremendously positive levels. Euterpe musicians, all of whom are world-class performers, have performed for tens of thousands of children. No matter the demographic, the reactions and responses to this music by the children is consistent. These performances awaken in the children the need for this music. This need is lying dormant in them, and once exposed, they want to hear more and more of this music, and many of them are inspired to want to play a musical instrument and to make music with others.
The long-term health benefits of this music are well-known. Many regions of the brain are activated when listening to music, when learning music and when actively participating in music-making. As well as physiological benefits such as relaxing the individual, reducing anxiety, and mood regulation, and much more, music stirs and communicates emotions, and can transport one to levels of ecstasy.
Music aids in academic learning and in all areas of social development. Studying classical music and being involved in group music-making such as a choir, band or orchestra and having the opportunity to explore classical, jazz and related musical styles appears to be a proven recipe for happier children, families, and communities overall.