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SFT’s Music Mentor Program: Harmony and Happiness

By: Ethan Hsiao


Ever wish that you could play in the front row of a concert, a beautiful melody spilling out from your soloist seat? In all truth, perfection takes two things: practice and a good mentor—we can offer both.


Stress Free Teens has officially launched the Music Mentor Program, an effort aimed at partnering student expertise with aspiring learners in order to promote consistent practice and greater well-being. Whether it be piano, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, trombone, french horn, or (my personal favorite) vocal, musicians can sign up with any one of our amazing volunteers for systematic practices and effective classes. 


The best part is that the timing is up to you—let us know when you’re free and we’ll do the rest. 


Regardless of if you’re looking for a new hobby or working to refine your existing skills, our program has a place for you. Each meeting has a clear objective with distinct goals tailored to your needs, which means that any improvement you see will be a direct result of your efforts and drive, reaffirming the idea that success can actually be reached through hard work and dedication. As a choral singer and a student, I can genuinely say that there’s nothing more satisfying and empowering as growth. 


But, that’s hardly all.


Music isn’t just about chord compositions and instrumental mastery. All teaching aside, it’s a way to express yourself, connect with others, and take on challenges. The experience beyond recital halls is what inspires us to find our path to happiness and embrace every twist and turn along the way. In a way, the impact it has on our social and emotional health is boundless. 


Even in the scientific field, it’s been proven that music can elevate your mood and aid in relaxation, tripling as a tool for focus, creativity, and stress relief. Some find that it increases self-awareness, which, surprisingly, has been shown to help individuals think faster. With reductions in pain, depression, and anxiety, music is one of those win-win situations: there’s really no drawbacks. Best of all, it’s never too late to give it a try. 


If you’re looking for passion, fulfillment, and lifelong well-being, we truly encourage you to join us. Grab your rosin, oil those valves, and tune those strings—the Music Mentor Program is waiting for you. 


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Sources


Cherry, Kendra. “10 Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music.” Verywell Mind, 10 Dec. 2019, www.verywellmind.com/surprising-psychological-benefits-of-music-4126866.

“How to Use Music for Mental Health.” Coping | ReachOut Australia, au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-use-music-for-mental-health.

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