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How Music Can Heal and Promote Hope

Songs can give you hope.

Every civilization usually has some sort of music attached to it. Crude types of musical instruments have been uncovered in ancient archaeology digs. Simple bells from a long ago Asian culture attest to this people group’s need for getting in touch with their spiritual side. Native Americans used wooden drums topped with animal skins to signify a buffalo hunt, warn of intruders, induce trances for inner reflection and to provide a lively beat for the tribe dances and celebrations. Music is still important to different groups of people located around the globe. Some believe that music has the power to heal and to promote hope even in troubling times.

Access to music in urban areas might be limited. Many residents living in cities do not have the extra money to purchase musical instruments or to take piano lessons or hire a voice coach. This is sad when one thinks about young children being deprived of the beauty that music is known to provide. Hope is often fleeting in neighborhoods where gang violence is prevalent. Many city school districts have cut music education and other arts programs from the curriculum due to lack of enough educational funding.

When people lose hope for their futures, living can seem dismal and dim. Humans are adaptable to their environment, and today many individuals with a musical talent can be seen singing for money on the city sidewalks. It is common for individuals to provide impromptu music and/or dance concerts in underground subway stations and inside of a city park region. This type of activity perfectly describes how music can motivate people to feel again.

Individuals have different preferences in the music that they desire to hear. You might enjoy Broadway musical tunes, soaring opera notes, classical instrumental, dance music, or emotion invoking rap songs.

Music is a way for individuals to show their more personal sides. So-called grunge music often has angry lyrics and a strong pounding beat. Swing dance music was popular in generations past. Today’s music covers everything from country tunes, classic rock, folk music and southern style jazz and blues. Some music enthusiasts have taken action to make music accessible to urban dwellers. These musical artists can be found at community centers or inner city schools giving free concerts and offering music lessons. Others are urged to donate piano NYC.

36 thoughts on “How Music Can Heal and Promote Hope”

  1. I have been teaching music with Spanish to preschool students since the year 2000.
    It is amazing what music and languages can do if you learn them in a younger age!
    Simply music and languages open up your mind. Immediately you start to be in touch with your feelings and music helps to express those feelings.

    1. Great to hear about your experience – and thank you for what your’e doing with music!

  2. I cannot agree enough on the value of music, my children and I sing every day together, they make up songs to entertain themselves, I cannot imagine a life without music, and when I am at my lowest singing one of my songs always helps to lift my spirit and remember who I am. Thank you for your post!

  3. Great post. Must agree that music an accepted role in modern medicine, for children as well as adults. The use of music to address physical, psychological, cognitive and social problems.

    1. Oh I love that you call your lessons that! You ought to write a guest post for me about this ;) Email: christybme(at)gmail(dot)com if this interests you!

  4. I definitely agree with you. I also have a post about how the music of Eminem helped me recover from my depression. Music is really a good medicine. Great work! :)

  5. I cannot imagine my life without music, it is my heart and soul, my respite and my dream. My parents listen to music and sing along to the old songs, recalling their memories. Where would we be without music 🎶 ❤️ Another fantastic post, thank you Christy xx

  6. So true, Christy. There have been so many times when I’ve been in church or even at a ballgame, and the music playing affects my emotions. An inspiring piece can sometimes bring me to tears .

  7. I put headphones on my belly when I was pregnant with my boys and I put classical music on. There is some debate about whether or not this has an effect on the baby, but I found it so calming and beautiful and I believed the little one inside me felt the music too:) I really feel that music has a deep effect on us.
    GREAT post! :)

  8. I totally agree with you 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Music got me through the toughest of times and gave me the strength from deep recesses I didn’t know I had! 😊 In one way or another, somewhere along the way, I’m sure that it’s a reason I’m still here 💗💗. Thank you so much for this 💙💜

  9. Sound is energy and music is the harmony of sound notes having a salutary effect on humans, and even animals and plants. Thanks, Christy, for a post on the healing power of music.

  10. Music is such a powerful medium. It not only can heal the mind and lift the spirit, but also can heal the body. Vibrational medicine… Wonderful post, Christy ❤️

  11. Great post, Christy. It is interesting that music is also used for developmental therapy. My sister who had her 30 1/2 week-year-old twin boys undergo music therapy (Mozart) to help in their development. “The Brain’s Way of Healing” by Norman Doidge, M.D. is an interesting book that highlights ways senses including hearing music can change the brain. Music is basic to human nature and should be nurtured. Have a wonderful week.

    Best wishes,

  12. I truly believe in the healing powers of music, it helped me once getting over a severe case of depression. Great article, Christy! 😄❤🎶

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