Letter from the President

cindy schrantz, president
Cindy Schrantz

It’s got a good beat …

I recall when Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was on TV, he would ask some of the teens to rate a new song and state why they liked it. It got to be a joke that most of them would say “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.”

But music has many benefits:

  • Music can improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression,
  • Listening to calming music can lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress level,
  • Studies suggest that listening to music can improve memory, focus, and cognitive function overall,
  • Engaging with music, either by listening or playing, may help keep your brain sharp and stave off cognitive decline as you age,
  • Music therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing pain perception, aiding in pain management during medical procedures or chronic conditions
  • Upbeat music can enhance your workout experience, increase motivation and endurance
  • Music brings people together. Whether singing along at a concert or simply enjoying the same tunes with friends, music fosters a sense of connection and belonging.

The next time you need a boost or just want to relax, turn up the tunes, put on your dancing shoes, and sing like no one is watching!

Cindy Schrantz
New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning

New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning
Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus
Community Connections
Desert Willow Building, Room 136B
7110 E McKellips Road
Mesa, AZ 85207