The benefits of music

Music, in all its forms, follows us through life’s greatest joys and memorable moments. This global health crisis has profoundly affected all of us. As we’ve all come to learn in recent months: music is good for the soul. Powerful and exhilarating, music is essential to our well-being and mental health.

Now, more than ever, the Orchestre Métropolitain needs your support. It helps us fulfil our primary mission: to promote your well-being.

“Music captures my imagination and gives me so much to think about. Bach helps me relax and find peace. Debussy makes me dream. For years, I listened to Brahms on repeat, and his music still speaks to me.”
- Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Creating feelings
Creating feelings

Music has been a universal language for millennia. It moves us and creates physiological sensations. For example, listening to a fast-paced piece can increase your heart rate and breathing, while an emotional piece can give you chills, goosebumps or make you cry. You can explore a whole range of emotions.

Initiative | Outdoor concert on Mount Royal 

For the last six years, under the enlightened baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestre Métropolitain has been inviting the public to experience symphonic music outdoors, at the foot of Mount Royal. At the last concert, over 35,000 audience members experienced a range of emotions and felt chills at the same time!

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Bringing people together and creating connections
Bringing people together and creating connections

Music is a social activity that forges relationships and has a positive influence on our group behaviours. For example, singing in a choir creates a sense of community and cooperation while promoting altruism and empathy. When children play music together, they develop compassionate behaviour. Plus, it encourages inclusion when you share the experience with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Music is a universal language.

Initiative | TUTTI: the sheer joy of playing together

In August 2020, the OM invited string players of all ages and skill levels on stage at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. They played in a giant orchestra alongside some of the Orchestre’s musicians for a rehearsal conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This activity was inspired by PlayIN, a Philadelphia Orchestra initiative. It’s sure to be the beginning of a new OM tradition.

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Providing pleasure and well-being
Providing pleasure and well-being

Brain scans have revealed that listening to music releases dopamine, also known as the “happy hormone.” This neurotransmitter is released at the piece’s climax, triggering strong emotions and easing physical tension. In addition to providing physical wellness, music has a positive impact on our mood and feelings.

Initiative | OM Music at Noon

On top of the Orchestre’s regular concerts, the OM Music at Noon series offers surprise and lunch-hour performances in Montreal’s parks and public spaces. These performances give passersby, workers and music lovers the chance to enjoy themselves and get to know OM musicians!

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Reducing stress
Reducing stress

Listening to relaxing music can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which helps relax the listener and reduce anxiety. Some hospitals use music to comfort patients and reduce pain while creating a soothing atmosphere.

Initiative | Concerts in healthcare settings 

OM musicians regularly perform in healthcare facilities affiliated with partner group SAMS, an organization that provides uplifting events for patients, their families and staff members.

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Creating lasting memories
Creating lasting memories

Does hearing a song bring back old memories? When you listen to and practise music, you’re using different types of memory (for instance, auditory and verbal), which transfers information into your long-term memory. These memories are linked to melodies, lyrics and emotions, or the social setting or time period when you were listening. Because music has such a strong impact on our memory, it’s an effective tool for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

OM initiative| Long-term care home concerts

The OM and SAMS have joined forces to provide musical entertainment to those living in long-term care homes (CHSLDs) in Greater Montréal.

L’Orchestre Métropolitain s’associe à La SAMS dans le cadre d’un partenariat qui vise à offrir la musique aux personnes vivant dans les centres d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD) de la grande région de Montréal. This initiative is funded by the Foundation of Greater Montréal‘s COVID-19 Collective Fund.

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Promoting young people’s development
Promoting young people’s development

When young people learn the basics of a musical instrument or music theory, they’re activating many parts of the brain. Musical activity stimulates and develops listening (hearing) and expression (speech). It also helps them stay focused and improves coordination and motor skills. Learning an instrument can also help motivate students to improve their academic achievement.

Initiative | The OM for Schools 

Every year, the OM offers educational activities for 11,000 young people from pre-school to university in Greater Montréal. “Music is an art form that brings people together, fostering a sense of community while encouraging physical and motor skill development, academic achievement, and open-mindedness. Young people and Quebecers need this more than ever.” – Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Le Devoir, August 15, 2020.

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» For more information – Sources

Online article
The Royal Conservatoire (2014). The Benefits of Music Education.

Online magazine
Moussard Aline, Rochette Françoise, Bigand Emmanuel, « La musique comme outil de stimulation cognitive », L’Année psychologique, 2012/3 (Vol. 112), p. 499-542. DOI : 10.4074/S0003503312003077.

Isabelle Peretz (2018), Apprendre la musique : nouvelles des neurosciences. Paris, France : Odile Jacob.

How is music essential to your well-being?

4 reasons to stand alongside the OM
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Céline Choiselat
Funding and Partnerships Director
514-598-0870, ext. 39


Marie-Pier Auger
Funding and Partnerships Manager
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