There have been many studies supporting the idea that music is beneficial to the body and mind in many ways. For people that struggle with mental illness, it is said that music is a way to destress a situation by decreasing a person’s anxiety and depression. According to http://www.lifehack.org, there are fifteen benefits that music provides:
- Helps with running
- Mental illness
- Improves insomnia
- Improves depression
- Helps with eating less – dim lights and soft music
- Improves mood while driving
- Helps with learning and memory
- Decreases anxiety before and after surgery
- Alleviates pain
- Helps with dementia
- Helps with recovery for stroke patients
- Improves grammar quality
- Raises IQ scores
- Improves elderly brain quality
Although many of these benefits are not concerns for college students, Wilmington College is lucky enough to have many music programs that help to provide opportunities for students. One opportunity the college provides is the Wilmington College Chorale.
“I struggled with depression throughout high school and have recently lost two family members in my short time away from home, but the chorale has always been there to support me.” – Kendra Nelson
Kendra Nelson, a student in the Wilmington College Chorale says, “I struggled with depression throughout high school and have recently lost two family members in my short time away from home, but the chorale has always been there to support me. They have always been there to take away the pain and make me smile.”
Autumn Slover, another chorale student says, “I’m thankful for every single member, our pianist, and the choir director. Their passion reflects on us and reminds us that we are valued and important.”
Finding a home away from home is important for college students that live on campus. For students that are not used to being away from their family, the college life can cause anxiety, depression, and an unhealthiness that makes living away from home tough. Finding peace in other people, or other organizations can provide a peace that seems far-fetched. Not only does finding an organization give students peace, but being involved in a musical organization has many more benefits than we could imagine.
Lexi Mahaffa says, “Chorale brings me peace and I couldn’t ask for a better group to sing with. It is the best stress reliever and I can be myself while doing what I love!”
WC’s Chorale performed at two Quaker meetings, once on Sunday October 21 and once on October 29. Opportunities like these are made possible through Gina Beck, the choir director.