Improving your quality of life through music – By Ashton Barkho

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In recent years, clinical research has shown that people (ranging from children all the way to seniors) benefit from music in a therapeutic way. Whether it is playing an instrument, singing, composing or just listening to music, it has been proven that music has become a real positive treatment. People in need of emotional support, physical rehabilitation, stress management, pain management, or have gone through a traumatic experience in their lives, will definitely benefit from music.

Personally, I have worked with many individuals (who enjoy singing/performing) that have a stressful life, or are in need of something positive to add to their daily routine and what i have witnessed has been amazing! It all comes down to what you really love to do and how you like to communicate your feelings. Some people like to communicate through conversations, seeing a therapist, doing physical activities and some through singing/music. Week after week, i noticed a difference in these people, more positive, a better outlook on life, more confidence and most importantly they got to rediscover themselves and their strengths. We as humans all need guidance one way or another, I have been fortunate to have music in my life since I was very young, and now I am at a place where I can use music/singing to guide and help people lead a better, more fulfilling life.

Some quotes I love;

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach
“He who sings scares away his woes.” – Miguel de Cervantes