As a music teacher, you know better than anyone the power that music has to evoke emotion. Whether it's a stirring symphony that brings tears to your eyes or a peppy pop song that gets you dancing, music has a way of speaking to us on a deep level. But did you know that music can also have a profound effect on our mental health? Research shows that music can provide significant support for our mental well-being. Let's take a look at some of the ways music can promote mental health.
As you can see, music is much more than just entertainment – it also has the power to support our mental well-being in a variety of ways.
Anyone who works in the music industry will know that it can be a demanding and stressful environment. Musicians and music teachers often have to deal with intense pressure, long hours, and constant criticism. But did you know artists and performers are seven times more likely to experience poor mental health? Musicians often feel unsupported with their mental health problems with 55% stating there are “gaps in the provision of services for musicians.”
As a musician and/or teacher, it's important to take care of your mental health under these conditions, or else you may start to experience burnout. You should:
You can also teach your students to prioritize their own well-being. You do this simply by setting the right example yourself, and teach your students about the importance of self-care. This can include things like above – maintaining a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks when needed.
By teaching your students about the importance of talking openly about mental health, you can help them build a foundation for a healthy and successful career in music. It can be a sensitive topic, but normalizing the conversation can help reduce the stigma around mental illness. If you're comfortable doing so, share your own experiences with your students and let them know that it's okay to seek help if they're struggling. Music can be a very emotionally demanding profession, and it's important to have healthy coping mechanisms in place.