My family and I are going to see legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock tonight. Can’t wait! My family is very musical. My daughters have been jazz performers for many years. My wife is a former clarinet player. And we crank a lot of tunes around the house. So, naturally I ask myself, “does music impact immune response?”
Not a lot of science is out there about this. One small study indicated that singing in a choir can stimulate sIgA cells. However, that same study suggested listening to choir music might actually decrease immune cell activity. Go figure. There have also been studies suggesting drum circles can stimulate immune function. And the type of music may also impact immune function differently. And who knows whether it’s the music itself, or whether the music is lowering stress levels, which then impacts immune health. I’m thinking volume, intensity, and duration may all play a role. I think I’m likely to be healthier listening to Herbie or the New York Philharmonic than being at an all night rave cranking at 200 decibels.
And, just for a special bonus, below is a little homemade diddy from some Stanford students, combining music and immunology education. It’s called the Antibody Song. Enjoy.