How Does Music Effect Us?

How Does Music Effect Us?

Shay Rago

Music has been around since the beginning of time.  It can represent who we are as humans and can entertain a part of the brain locked away from us. Some are born with a gift to play music and compose it, and some simply enjoy listening.  Regardless of this, music can show what kind of person you are. All the different genres and artists connect on one large foundation; human entertainment. Students especially need music to help them focus, and destress as told to us in numerous studies worldwide. One study by Parents Samurai states “On the emotional end, kids often use music to relieve tension or to express their innermost feelings and thoughts in a nonverbal way. Teens aren’t as powerless as toddlers, for example, but they still have restrictions in the world which can cause frustration.” (https://parentsamurai.com/how-does-music-affect-teenagers-behavior-and-emotions/)

Why we like certain genres and know how to identify it is only speculated by experts. We may never know, but what we can infer is that everyone has different taste, even if they are just subtle differences. You must be thinking to yourself, “Well, if I know the effects on me, then it must be the same for everyone else.” This is untrue, music does something different to everyone. Palmer sophomore Samantha Manuszak said, “Music helps me focus and to lessen my anxiety attacks.  It can completely change my mood.” Junior Alondra Ramirez states, “I like anything besides country, and I listen to sad music to help me through my depression.” People listen to different genres for different reasons, but having different tastes in music is the beauty of it all.

Many genres exist in the music world: hip hop, country, EDM, rock, indie, ska, pop, and many more. Most people say they love all genres of music, meaning that open-mindedness is abound. Moods can depend on our music, and vice versa. If you’re sad, sometimes you gravitate towards a sad song, and pretty much the same for other emotions. Let’s hear from some students what they think about this. Senior Gabriel Rochford says “If I’m happy, I’ll listen to happy stuff, or if I’m down or bored I will play more low-tone music.” Senior Izaya Anderson says “I listen to all music, but I got certain kinds for certain things, but I mainly listen to music to fuel my happiness.” This shows that we use music for emotional, stressful, and life moments, and we can say that we rely on music a lot more than one might think.

Whether you are using music to help you through something or you are a creator of music, I hope this helped you discover what music does for you. From the beginning, people needed the sweet melodies that heart-warmed, calmed, and helped many lives. The tradition still stands, and will carry on, so let music effect you the way you need and want it to, like it has for so many others.