Moving to the music

For some students, music can be used to help cope and express themselves.

Graphic by Kindell Readus.

For some students, music can be used to help cope and express themselves.

There are many forms of self-expression used by students to convey the full extent of their personality, and music has proved an important one. 

“I am always listening to music from the moment I wake up,” sophomore Hayden Marer said. 

But music is not solely used for self-expression, it can also help the productivity of the listener throughout their school or work day. 

“Music provides a way for me to cope with any conflicting or painful emotions,” sophomore Grace Poer said.  “I find myself feeling more calm and in a much better mood when I put my headphones in.” 

As the day progresses, things can go wrong, such as getting a bad grade on an exam or going to a class you do not like. Whatever it may be, music can be there for that, too.

“The type of music I’m listening to makes my mood throughout the day,” Marer said. “If I am listening to more upbeat music I feel more ready for my next class or if I’m listening to [calmer] music I feel more tired throughout the day” 

Despite students saying that music can help with productivity and their ability to learn, students are often denied the opportunity. This can make the day difficult for many.

“It takes away the numbness, pain and confusion,” Poer said. “It makes you feel as if other people understand what you are going through. A day without listening to music I find the day to be dull, and I can’t fully express how [how I feel].”

 When in an environment such as the school setting, many students feel a disconnect or separation from their peers leaving them feeling alone. Music can help diminish this feeling.  

 “Music can be incredibly therapeutic when you need it the most,” Poer said. “Music…provides a sense of belonging to me, and sometimes you need that sense of comfort in feeling like you belong and have worth.