Because music can have such a big impact on people’s feelings, there is actually a whole field of therapy that uses music. This is a scientific and studied type of therapy and its theories include the power of music to promote wellness, stress relief, help change negative or harmful behaviors, and even uncover emotional issues buried deeply inside of you. Pretty cool! This is called Music Therapy, and it is used in many ways to help all kinds of problems or illnesses. Music Therapists work in psychiatric hospitals, medical facilities, and within schools and programs to help all sorts of children and adults, and not only those with physician or mental problems. It is also used with “well” people seeking a safe and creative outlet for emotional issues and promote positive changes in their lives.
As we talked about, there are many ways music can help teens like you through difficult or traumatic events. You can use music on your own, such as sitting quietly, listening to music, and visualizing a safe place to relieve stress. Or, if you’re having difficulties containing anger, and likened a way to vent in a safe manner, you can listen to and/or sing/play a piece of music that reflects your anger. Don’t stop there, though – next you gradually bring the music intensity down by choosing calmer and calmer music until you feel calm. These are techniques that anyone can use. Yes, even you! As a teen, you may feel extreme stress managing schoolwork, relationships, and other personal issues. Try adding these techniques into your daily or weekly routine to help you cope!
If you want to know more about the field of Music Therapy itself, or feel you need further help and wish to see a Music Therapist, a great place to go online is the Music Therapy website at musictherapy.org to learn more. You can also find a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) on that website if you feel you might be interested in professional Music Therapy.
Please keep music in your lives, for it is a force for positive, powerful change!