Argument: Music is beneficial to stimulate emotions and brain functionality.
From driving to work to sitting down and studying, we as humans need a rhythm or beat to march to. Through different varieties of music studies, many psychologists concluded that our brains can be stimulated by music for all sorts of activities through various studies. Classical music showing the most studies on just how the specific non repetitive beats and tempos stimulating both sides of the brain and distracts less memory recall. While other research suggests that certain genres release specific chemicals to your brain by inducing specific emotions. For example, Hard Rock or Metal songs can induce feelings of anger while “sad” songs can be used as an instrument to help an individual cope with their feelings. “until now there have been few research showed increase levels of music listening and pain relief through therapy or training” (Department of Basic, Shandong Women’s 161)
Through personal research, most people I have interviewed would agree that music or some kind of soothing background noise helps with their concentration, but my references disagreed that classical music is their preference however while others claim it is their preferred choice of background noise. Choosing fast tempo music or lifting beats to keep them focused and motivated to keep working efficiently while also improving moral. While different people respond to different variables of music, the majority respond quite as long as they have something to listen to. From my personal background and experience my roommates chose EDM (Electronic dance music) with up lifting or inspirational lyrics to keep focus on their projects or assignments, while hyping them up to stay motivated and keep working. One prefers to listen to less lyrical and more instrumental EDM, while the other one likes to listen to heavy hitting dubstep with aggressive lyrics.
So why is music not used more clinically to treat patients with emotional destress, anxiety, or even depression? It’s a great question that has many supporting scholarly sources but no progress to push the general public to move forward with music development, instead our public schools are taking funding from the arts programs to support sports programs. Though exercise does relieve stress and help the brain to release endorphins for happiness, athletes usually also use music to motivate themselves while exercising. How can we take from music and give to sports when sports need music too?
Studies show that studying with some type of relaxing instrumental music helps to break down their anxiety barriers and allow them to focus on learning the material. Mental disorders may be treated with music therapy, improving anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s and many other disorders or illnesses. In a case on 25 patients with Alzheimer’s and heightened levels either of depression, anxiety, or both, patients went through a duration of 60 minutes listening to music. Of course, sam
ples were taken from each recipient before and after testing, while a questionnaire was used to measure how their anxiety and depression levels had been affected. Overall the natural conclusion came to each patient having lowered levels and showing a small improvement in their brain functionality.
While there are many studies on older patients very few have been preformed or recorded on young adults, as in college students. In this study 14 young adults were tested with two similar questionnaires and recorded before and after art and musical therapy. Through seven 2-hour sets of mixed musical and art therapy, the young adults were tested while having decreasing states in psychological and psychical pain. As the author proclaims “music listening exercises and relaxation-related techniques appears to reduce perceived pain and increase perceived relaxation.” (Department of Basic, Shandong Women’s 161) Student life doesn’t seem to get easier but only more complicated with heavier workloads, while we have only limited resources to deal with our problems, just as pharmaceutical methods.
“In order for music therapy patients should love the music they are listening too” (Bell and Akombo)
Due to music’s natural nature, it is the easiest form of intellectual deviation because the body naturally moves to music it enjoys or responds to negative music in negative ways. Music is an emotional buster or depressor; it all depends on your emotional state and the energy you are trying to imitate.