Each and every one of us experience stress in our daily life activities. Whether you have lost a love one, lost a job, are having financial difficulties, broke up with you significant other, or are facing other challenges in life; music can be your salvation. I am not trying to preach to you. I am just simply stating what I believe is a fact.
Music therapy, as a profession, is studied at a number of colleges throughout the country. According to the American Music Therapy Association, professional musical therapists help to promote wellness, alleviate pain, manage stress, enhance memory, and promote physical rehabilitation. In fact, various studies have also found that music education can fight Alzheimer’s disease and assist others with brain injuries.
Talk to a professional musician and they might tell you that their music is like water or air to them. They might add that the thought of not having music in their life is unimaginable. I can attest that in addition to my family, music has been my therapy. To play or perform music is a means of healing the soul. When I play music, I am not overwhelmed thinking about daily problems. I am relaxed. I am in my zone, so to speak.
Now some of you may say that when you play music, you are anxious or uptight. You get frustrated with the way you play or perform. Yet, if you practice hard, you will reap the rewards that music has to offer. Your sense of accomplishment will be therapeutic. Not everyone has the benefit of utilizing this creative part of their personality though. After all, there are many who listen to music and far less who actually study and play an instrument on a daily basis.
I sense that other musicians feel this way. Their creativity is promoted through music, like an artist’s creativity is revealed in a painting. Others who are not musicians may seek outlets that are different than an artist or the banjo, mandolin or guitar player. For me, though, a life without music would seem empty. Its a lifestyle and a passion of mine. It is part of my body, mind and soul.