Music Therapy: An Escape

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It’s inevitable that there are times here on campus, and really in life in general, where we lose sight of who we are. Turbulent studies induce massive amounts of stress, relationships make for loss of individual identity, and constantly being around the same people makes for a dip in spontaneity. The one thing that we can all agree on is music’s power on our self-recognition. When I say therapy, I don’t just mean when you’re sad or angry or experiencing any kind of bad emotion. Music amplifies or alters whatever mood I’m in. After a long, long day of classes or work, I take refuge in the cold walk home because I can jam out to some Phish and mentally return to the summer of 2012 when I last saw them. The same way scents conjures up memories, music takes me to the places to where I heard that song or sound before. This idea of music therapy is not just some individualistic idea that doesn’t transcend certain demographics.

Some studies show music therapy being useful in helping troubled teens connect with their peers more effectively. Music has also been shown to increase overall recovery time in hospital patients with a variety of ailments. Music harnesses a power unsurpassed by any medicine or treatment. It taps into our emotions and scientifically releases neurotransmitters that wouldn’t otherwise be reachable.

I know at least personally speaking; I subconsciously cure my troubles and likewise boost my happiness with music. Whether it is walking to 8am class with Two Door’s new album blasting, or mellowing out with some Bon Iver, music has played a quintessential role in my emotional and mental development.

Annie Dempsey