Music, Medication and Manners
Music changes our emotional states. It's undeniable. It's backed by research. Ask any teen how important music is and they will tell you, but you may have to motion to them to remove their earbuds or headphones first. Ask a researcher and they will tell you that music can take the place of medication, in some instances. It's amazing I know, but true, nevertheless. That's pretty powerful stuff. Melodies replacing pharmaceuticals? Oh, yes!
This was reaffirmed by a young teen I talked with in my office recently. He told me that uses music to help him get rid of anger, sadness and more...or to put himself in a good mood. Have you ever stood outside of a hockey or football locker-room prior to a game? Chances are you heard some pumped up music playing to get the adrenaline pumping. The teens and athletes probably don't care too much about what the research says, they just know how it makes them feel.
Music = Manners?
Music can convey life-stories and lessons in a way that is meaningful and memorable. Almost everything is easier to learn when tied to music. But can it be used to help kids become better people? You bet it can! Just like music can be used to teach math facts, spelling words and the like, it can also be used to teach kids better social-emotional skills. That translates into a better ability to manage interpersonal relationships, handle conflict and more. Yes, music can even help with manners!
Here are some GREAT music resources that specifically help promote social-emotional development:
Name Your Tune CDs
The Music of Rachel Rambach
The Music of Cheryl Melody
The Music and Books of Ava Parnass
Article on MommyPerks.com
Take a Pill...or Just Listen to Some Music: The Magic of Music in Therapy and Life
What role does music play in your life? Do you jog or relax with an iPod or MP3? Do you use music with your kids? Do you notice it changing their moods? Do you use music to help teach your kids new skills? We'd love to hear about it!