Kingston University students are inspiring and creating memories through music with a positive impact for others mental health.
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DJ Matt Brown, 21, film production student speaks out about his experience with music said, ” The first music I listened to were The Beatles. The first album was Da Funk by Daft Punk. I loved everything about electronic music. Sometimes, I got into trouble for playing it too loud. I switched from indie rock to heavy duty to drum and bass to hip hop. Now I listen to a variety of things but I mainly focus on breaks, progressive, and electro. Every morning I have to hear music. It effects your mood and gives me energy. When I hear a new piece of music, I get excited. Then all I can think about is mixing it with something. When djing I feel in control, deciding what music to play. It’s very rewarding to see people dancing and enjoying the music. I think that there could definitely be a link between music and mental health.” Matt believes that music is built into our system for people wanting to follow a beat.
Imagine that moment when you hear a song, this powerful energy is created. That feeling compares to nothing. Music appeals to many parts of one’s soul. When at a concert, listening to the radio or your ipod, your body and mind can change as the songs change. When words fail, music speaks. Music can take you back to a particular time, place in your life, thought of a person, location or event that has happened, whether good or bad.
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James Andrews, 21, sociology student said, “Music helps to express and find one’s self. Music brings people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. The crowd has this energy, this collective conscious. There’s a sense that everyone is enjoying the music together.”
According to Science Daily, music has an important part in life. There are connections between music, language, emotions and mental health. Music tends to enhance performance for brain processing of cognition. University of Salford has even done research for music to be used for treating certain conditions Then the use of music has brought back memories and coded information. Also, the Music And Change association has devoted themselves to promote positive mental health through innovative ways for the youth.
For history Greek philosopher, Aristotle once said, “Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.” It’s wonderful how words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. There would be reason to go mad if there was no music which relates to one’s mental health.
Generally, music contributes to thought process, healing, proven to help slow down heart rates and blood pressure, reduce stress, speech therapy, encourage better breathing and help people rest, relax and recover. Students can benefit from these areas in health. Then to listen and connect mentally, just empty your mind and stop thinking about anything to just, simply be. The song Superheroes by You Love Her Cos She’s Dead really portrays feeling the music to lighten one’s mood.