How Music Can Help Kids Curb Stress
In many cases, science actually shows music can boost performance, focus, and overall wellbeing. With more of us, particularly kids, showing an interest in music education, educators must make the process of playing music enjoyable and pain-free if they are to curb the rising rates of exam failures among teens and young adults. Here are some ways music can work in helping a child cope with various instances of stress and anxiety:
Aim at our health
Reversing the physical benefits of music can usually be accomplished by stopping the playback of music altogether (putting on headphones, playing headphones, or not trying to focus on music at all). But for kids who are well into music and in good health, the positive physical and emotional effects of music can carry on long after the last note has been played. As much as we want these kids to understand the significance of their performance and leave the school performance with mental clarity, certain over-indulging situations may not be the best solution.
Musical chords can work well in helping a person who is unable to sing with emotions to express them. Though sometimes this can be difficult, the choral process can be beneficial for a child who needs to vent or may still be feeling anxiety related to a challenging learning experience. Teens may even start a music-based poetry collection and develop a deep love of the written word after learning how to beat rhymes with notes. While this isn’t really effective for adults, it is still a form of music therapy that might be a good fit for the problem.
Certain music lyrics will express a schoolchild’s unique mood, which usually includes both positive and negative feelings. Incorporating music into the classwork can help students who sometimes turn to making up rhymes that rhyme with wrong words in their assignments. Instead of just writing a problem, how about discussing these musical cues from the class? Songs like “Finale” in “Juno” have been teaching children an ability to accept change and acknowledge disappointments. Finally, there is “Vesuvius” in “The Hunger Games,” where the bloodthirsty protagonist leaves some unfinished business of defending her people. Listen to a song like this and you will see how a person may feel, and that just might be good enough for teachers who are trying to help students put an end to any anxiety related to a challenging task.
When was the last time you played music for your kids, or even just listened to their playlists? Have you ever seen them playing at an upbeat tempo for anxiety relief? Have you experienced this firsthand? If so, know that musical and vocal therapy are effective, and you should consider incorporating these techniques in your children’s education.