50 Ways Music Can Change the World

Here’s a fun idea: Let’s see if we can all compile a list of 50 ways music can be used to help and better the world at home and abroad. Remember, music has amazing healing benefits and many people can use it to promote health, healing, and peace. When we help others, we also feel better, so the rewards are universal. Once we have finished the list, I will compile it into a master list and publish it so that you can pass it on to your students. Kids love to help, and finding the bridge between music and community service is a great to get kids interested in helping others. I’ll start:

1. Perform at a retirement home. 

2. Perform at a Children’s Hospital

3. Perform at a regular hospital.

4. Call your grandmother and sing her a song.

5. Write a song for your parents.

6 Practice with the windows open so that your neighbors walking by will be hit with the beautiful sounds of a live instrument, and a muse in training. 

7. Play music in the park

8. Play music for your dogs (they love it!)

9. Design a special iTunes playlist and email it to your sister or brother

10. Teach your baby sister how to drum

11. Host a drum circle at your local park or beach

12. Host a “Peace Song” Songwriting contest

13. Host a Children’s Concert at a VA hospital

14. Perform at Church/Temple/Sangha/etc.

15. Play live music during a yoga class.

16. Perform on a tourist-busy street and collect donations in your instrument case.  Give the donations to the Homeless or a different charity of your choice.

17. When a friend is feeling down, singing him or her a funny song.

18. Buy a sick friend a really great CD.

Okay. Now your turn. If everyone on this blog adds just a few things, I think we can get our 50 items. 

About the Author

Bella Payne
While working on a degree in Sociology with plans to become a Social Worker, I fell into teaching piano lessons as a way to pay my bills. I had no idea I was stumbling into a totally fulfilling, creative and exciting career! Every day, I teach several students in their homes, in my home, and online how to play piano from scratch. Over the last 10 years, I have seen kids and adults go from timid b... [Read more]


  1. Linda Kay Burk

    Thank you for some excellent ideas on how music can better the world. Here is my idea. It has worked for me: Share uplifting music with someone suffering from depression.

  2. Learn Music Recording

    What an amazing post! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts. You are putting very good effort into the stuff you post. Keep up the good work.

  3. ListenForChange

    Music can definitely change the world! Words are so inspirational. especially with our youth loving music, if the message is right, we can change the world.

    help make a difference using music


  4. P?nar Aylin Masal Bu

    thank you for sharing