Music hitting the right notes and soothing the soles during lockdown

Phoebe Cormack teaching music therapy
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By Kate Rooney

  • Counterpoint Research have released statistics showing a 30% growth in music streaming services subscriptions and listening hours since last year
  • This has been linked to the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in lockdowns all across the globe
  • Listening to and playing music has long been proven to positively impact mental and physical health
  • People have been using music and music therapy to help get through these tough times in social isolation

Since lockdown began in March this year, people all across the globe have been utilising music as a way to stay positive and keep their spirits up.P

Listening to and playing music has been scientifically proven to improve our mood and mental health. Endorphins and dopamine are triggered by music and can provide a natural pain relief as well as feelings of optimism and power. This has led to music therapy being used as a registered profession to cognitively and physically treat Australians will all sorts of disabilities and illnesses.

Statistics from Counterpoint Research showed that there was a 30% growth in the global music streaming market from last year, reaching over 394 million subscribers. This immense growth has been linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and people utilising music and podcasts during quarantine periods.

Phoebe Cormack teaching music therapy at Bear Cottage
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Registered Music Therapist Phoebe Cormack spoke about how people both consciously and unconsciously use music as a positive tool for their mental health.  She stated that while in lockdown she noticed an increase in the amount and types of music she was playing to break up the silence.

 “It’s a bit of company. Quiet is difficult for our minds because when there is quiet it means that our minds have an opportunity to race and to step outside what might really be happening.”

She also stated that while teaching music therapy online has been difficult, it has positive outcomes through becoming more accessible to families and they are given the opportunity to take their minds off the pandemic.

“The whole world self-medicates on music”

Watch the full interview below.

Sydney-based musician Nickolas Giordimaina stated that he noticed that while he isn’t writing as much music due to a lack of inspiration, he is definitely listening to and playing a lot more music than he did in a pre-Covid world.

“Music has been a great outlet for positivity in a time when I’m forced to stay home”

Singer/songwriter Jasmine Younger said that she has been using her time in lockdown to fine tune her own music and while her listening habits have dropped slightly, it is mainly because she is focusing on her own music.

“I’ve definitely had more time to listen to music…Normally I’d be going to live gigs and listening to other music, I’d be listening to music in the car, where instead I’ve been at home and focusing on my own music”

Listen to the full interview below.