Listening to Music as a Stress Reliever for Teenagers

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More than 2000 years have passed since humans discovered music. Music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color (anonymous, 2014). It started out as a simple striking of materials that produced sounds and was later developed with the inventions of musical instruments such as stringed instruments. The development of music evolves from prehistoric until the present period of time. Music has been very popular to people, not only to adults but also to teenagers and children. Its popularity can be attributed to the components of music such as lyrics, genres, artists and specifically, being a big part of the present media. The researchers came up with this topic due to the influence of music in the present time and the stress that is being encountered recently. In this paper, the researchers will provide the definition of music and stress prior to the reliable sources and not just something that is self-explained. The different stressful situations and music’s effects on teenagers will also be discussed in this paper. Furthermore, the researchers will present explanations on how music helps relieve stress. Until today, other researchers further conduct different studies on music. One of these is music as medicine. Novotney (2013) claims that researchers are still investigating on how music therapy can improve health outcomes among people. Majority of the results only leads to just how music influences health. The researchers discovered that listening to and playing music increase the body's production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells — the cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system's ef... ... middle of paper ... ...ry 7, 2014, from Novotney, A. (n.d.). Music as medicine. Retrieved February 8, 2014, from Price, J. (2010). Stress relief in relationship loss. Retrieved March 6, 2014, from Richards, F. (2014) Causes of Stress for Teens. Everyday Life. Retrieved February 13, 2014, from Scott, E. (2010). Top 10 School Stress Relievers for Students. Stress Management. Retrieved March 7, 2014, from Stress. (n.d.). Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness + Find a Therapist. Retrieved March 11, 2014, from

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