Sugar, spice and everything nice – Well, we think that this pretty much sums up life in the adolescence years. The transition from a child to a teenager is fascinating. You begin to care about fashion and the way you present yourself. The Archie’s comics gets replaced with Nicholas Sparks novel while MTV and Channel V replace the beloved Pogo and Cartoon network channels on TV.

Adolescence is the time when you begin to explore yourself and find out your capabilities and interests. Some indulge in poetry, some in sports while others in reading. But one thing which remains common among all is Music. As an adolescent you get to experience brand new feelings and emotions whether it is the feeling of love, the feeling of sadness or the craving for solitude. During all these times music becomes your true companion and the type of music that adolescents listen to varies according to the kind of feelings that they experience at a particular moment.

A teen’s mental, emotional and physical make-up is often determined by how a particular genre of music affects him. Music has the ability to affect a young person’s emotion and also influence how they see the world. Soft rock and classical style of music improves teens verbal and concentration abilities and makes their mood pleasant while heavy metal music or rap songs pump them up with energy.

More than any other group, teenagers use music to regulate their emotions. On a typical day they can be found on their bed listening to their favourite music or downloading the latest songs. At this age coping with new experiences leads to new emotions and the teens also face peer pressure along with first love, unrequited love and break-ups. Most of the times teenagers are not able to discuss these things with their parents and hence they resort to music as an escape to deal with all these emotions.

Every teenager turns to music in either of the following three emotional states – a positive mood, a negative mood or simply out of boredom. Music is also used by them for daydreaming, fantasising, relaxation or distraction to regulate the mood. The use of music by adolescents to regulate their mood is a completely natural phenomenon which provides a restorative process where worries can be internalised and dealt with easily with the power of music.

Listening to music and also playing a musical instrument help in keeping mood swings under control.

So do you also want to control those mood swings through music? If yes, then learn music at home under the guidance of a trained music teacher and watch your mood swings disappear.