Music as therapy

Main Students on Camp 2- Makayla C

By Jake Lawlis

There are so many different genres and types of music out there. Depending on how you feel, a certain type of music can get you in a better state of mind.

“I like to listen to chill music when I study,” said Brenden Lawson, a college student.

There can be a direct relationship between a certain mood and the type of music listened to, or it can contrast.

Metal is commonly thought to be an aggressive genre of music, but certain types of metal can be calming and therapeutic. Melodic metal and black metal is sometimes played in alternative yoga studios.

“I have heard of it before, but have never practiced it”, said 49-year-old yoga instructor, Mary Lawlis.

Every person has a favorite type of music, but your favorite music is not always the ideal therapeutic choice.

For example, if you are a huge country music fan, Taylor Swift is probably not the best choice of music if you are in a stressed out state of mind.

“Anything upbeat can get me back in a good mood,” said Sara Adam, a frequent trance listener.

Music can be used on a much larger scale for therapy. In medicine, it is used for amnesia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more diseases.

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