Music’s Many Benefits

Music is particularly loved by teenagers and is particularly beneficial to everyone.

By Dylan Buechler

Some people say music is just a phase for teenagers, a pointless obsession; or they’ll say it’s pointless noise that doesn’t need to be played so loud. But I say that’s not the case at all. Music can be so influential to a teenager’s life that it’s not a pointless obsession, it’s a completely justified one. Not in just the way it can play with a person’s emotions, but it can also benefit their health. Instead of just being a phase, music can be something a teenager can keep with them for their whole life. Why only benefit in your adolescent years when you can spend your whole life with much more joy and mental power? If you aren’t really a fan of music, you most likely just haven’t found your favorite music yet. There is joyful music, depressing music, music to chill out with, music to dance, and music to cook to. There is music for everyone and everything. 

Everyone should be listening to more music. Music can help almost everyone get more enjoyment out of life. Just as William Congreve (an English poet of the Restoration period) said, “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” However music doesn’t just have the ability to soothe savage beasts. Think of the knotted oak as depression in the mind, it can be ‘bent’ as well, it can be remedied. Music has been shown in multiple studies to help people with their depressive tendencies, to help them focus, and in most cases to help Alzhiemers patients with day-to-day tasks. 

According to the University of Central Florida music can be linked to reducing seizures, making you a better communicator, making you smarter, evoking memories, and assisting in repairing brain damage. One of the best treatments that music brings is its ability to bring moods higher. Oftentimes for people with depression music soothes depressive thoughts and tendencies. According to John Hopkins Medicine, “Bach may never replace Prozac, but when it comes to depression, even a little help strikes a welcome chord.” As it turns out music can almost be like Prozac, or something a little harder. “Music can be a drug — a very addictive drug because it’s also acting on the same part of the brain as illegal drugs,” Kiminobu Sugaya, professor from UFC and former neuroscientist, says. “Music increases dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, similar to cocaine.” That means music is basically the only safe drug that everyone can enjoy. So why not enjoy it? 

Since music has been introduced into my life, at a very young age mind you, every hard time was a little better, every joyful time was multiplied, and my pale life has had color. I had successfully found my ‘drug’ that could be enjoyed throughout my whole life. Music can do the same for everyone, you just have to search for what music speaks to you. No music is bad music, whether it be pop or rap, classic rock or heavy metal, the blues or even dubstep. Different music speaks to different people. So I would encourage everyone to go find their own music, music that strikes the chords in their soul. It’s good for your health, and it makes life have more color.

Header image: Kelsey caught in thought by Fernando Butcher on Flickr