Most, if not all Helix students who were recently surveyed said that music had helped them express what they were feeling at a time where they couldn’t express it in another way. As one of the students put it, “Some people can't verbally say what they want. So they will use music as a way to get that out. It's like in the Bumblebee movie; Bee loses his voice and uses music to communicate.”
However, some music is more popular than others. Almost 17% of students said that their favorite genre was Country. Another 8% of students said that their favorite music was Rap. Over a third, or 33% said that their favorite music was Rock & Roll. No students said that their favorite music was pop. Over 8% said that their favorite music was Hip Hop, while another 8% said that their favorite music was Classical. Despite the buzz it gets in the media, 0% said that their favorite music was K-Pop. And 25% said that they didn’t have a favorite genre and just listened to a variety of music.
It seems that Rock and Roll has managed to take over the hearts of the high school students, which is somewhat surprising, considering that most Rock and Roll is from older generations, compared to the music composed today.
On the topic of composing, one student says that composing songs really helps them in dealing with whatever problems they may have. They said, “Most of the compositions I write/perform are the ways I cope with everything in life that is going on around me.”
Yet, most students have never considered what they would do if they no longer had music. Most students speculated with wild answers such as, “I’d Explode”, “I would cry. Period,” and, the most dramatic, “(I would) die.” Seemingly, this is understandable, considering the student’s previous responses to how music helps them.
Only one student out of those surveyed seemed to have any logical idea as to what they would do without music, which would be to, “...watch more movies.”
Not all music genres are important to the students, however. Most, if not everyone surveyed had a huge say in what genre they hated the most. Half of the students said that they hated Country. Only 8% said that they hated Rap or Rock and Roll. None singled out Pop or Hip Hop and Blues. Just 8% said that they hated Classical or K-Pop. Over 16% said that they didn’t hate a specific genre.
Despite all of the hatred, they can all agree that music is extremely important in expressing themselves. One student says that, “We listen to different types of music depending on what we are doing and how we feel or want to feel.”
Another explained that, “It (music) can show emotions in which words can never even begin to describe! Where words fail, music speaks."
Another student said that, “(Music) makes you feel things without words! That’s wild! Not everything should have to be said, some things should be felt.”
All in all, music is extremely important to teenagers, and if it were to disappear, there may quite be an apocalypse of angry teens trying to find new ways to express themselves. So, the next time a song pops up, no matter the genre, someone will definitely be using it to express their feelings.