Benefits of Music

By: Mayomide Dada

Music is an essential part of a human being. It has been in existence since before you and I were born, and it will continue to be in existence long after we are gone. To some, it is a way of life. 

Music is a form of self-expression; it allows you to express yourself in a way that words cannot. There is music for every kind of emotion, whether it be love, anger, or excitement. Therefore, people use the term “this song speaks to me” because they resonate with the words in a song.

Music can also be a reflection/preserver of culture; virtually all types of people from different cultures make music, be it to mirror the values and customs they uphold in that society or to create a cultural identity or just for fun. A lot of cultures pass down their history and language through music, therefore, preserving the culture. For example, in different parts of the world, there are certain songs used for certain events. Some musicians also use their music to draw attention to societal or political problems. An example is Michael Jackson’s “they don’t care about us”.

Music also relaxes the mind and body; studies have shown that music reduces the production of a stress hormone called cortisol in the body.  Listening to peaceful and soothing music can ease the mind and body of stress and anxiety. This can be especially beneficial during this pandemic as there is a lot of uncertainty which can lead to anxiety. As students, school can start to take a toll on us, and music is a great way to release negative energy. 

Honestly, the greatest benefit of music is the fact that it can be almost anything you want it to be, it could be therapeutic, or it could be an escape. It could be a stress reliever, or it could be a way of having fun. How does music benefit you?

 

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