Music To My Ears

Ryliegh Martin and Chloe Gillum

Music brings a sense of clarity and peace of mind to students when the stress of being a teenager can get overwhelming. We often think that music can have a negative and positive effect on our emotional state, however- in terms of academic success and focus- everyday life is consumed by the rhythm of a song that helps students get through their day. 

The beat of a drum, or tempo of a lyric as it passes in a crescendo creates a healthy balance to the heart and mind as proven by an article-Audio Advice, Why We Listen to Music. The article states, “High blood pressure, another condition tied to anxiety, often responds to music…types of music can lower their blood pressure to safer levels.” 

A healthy body is a key component to a healthy life. Music can greatly impact this element by achieving a balance of good vital signs and emotional relaxation through tough times and fun adventures. Listening to a song can create a mood of joy, sadness, loneliness, excitement, or praise, and certain genres can provide comfort. According to an article by Get Healthy, Stay Healthy – 10 Health Benefits of Music, music has proven to be “used to help enhance communication, coping, and expression of feelings such as fear, loneliness, and anger in patients who have a serious illness, and who are in the end of life care.” 

While many may see music as a habit of everyday life, often people cling to it as a tool for memory and mental ability. In the same article by Get Healthy, music provides cognitive improvement as examined to “help people with Alzheimer’s recall seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some mental abilities.” 

Listening to music positively impacts children with spectrum disorders. An article, 10 Health Benefits of Music, by Get Healthy, Stay Healthy explains, “Studies of children with autism spectrum disorder who received music therapy showed improvement in social responses, communication skills, and attention skills.” Music enhances the ability to focus and communicate through the sense of sound and vibration. Sensory overload is the feeling of overstimulation that happens when the body’s senses become overwhelmed. It can be difficult for people with autism to calm down from the panic caused by being overwhelmed. Music provides an escape from the feelings experienced.

As expressed, there are many positive effects music has on the human body. Not only does music provide an escape from the real world, but it can support someone in living their best life.