Music during Covid-19 | The Manila Times

“Music itself is healing…an explosive expression of humanity…something that touches us all.” -Billy Joel

SCHOLARSHIP remains alive and well during Covid-19. Music, the Language of the Soul, has academics and companies around the world (the latter for corporate social responsibility) conducting research into music – how people from different continents seek refuge in music to make facing social isolation during these Covid-19 lockdowns.

Spanish citizens. In response to the Musicvid questionnaire (available at, 1,868 Spanish citizens were asked about their personal characteristics (age, gender and occupation) and the genre of music they enjoy. ‘they like. , if they like the visuals representing the lyrics, what makes them listen to music, etc. The results indicate that they spend more time on “musical activities like listening, singing, dancing or playing an instrument”; that they use “music to cope with confinement, finding that it has helped them relax, escape loneliness, lift their spirits or keep them company. Respondents also perceived the value of music “in personal and social well-being during lockdown.” differences in music use and perceptions” — that “age and feelings of vulnerability may lead to more conservative uses of musical practice and more moderate perceptions of the positive values ​​of music.” (https ://

Australian university students. The review looked at “the effectiveness of music listening during Covid-19 compared to other stress management strategies, whether music listening for stress management was related to well-being and if differences appeared between national and international students”. Respondents to the survey were “402 Australian freshmen (73.9% female, Mage=19.6; 75% domestic and 25% international)”. “Listening to music” was among the “most effective stress coping strategies”, such as “exercise, sleep and change of location”, as well as “for better well-being but not at the level stress related to Covid-19”. Finally, “although international students experienced higher levels of Covid-19-related stress than domestic students, well-being was comparable in both cohorts ( /fpsyg.2021.647065/full)

France, Germany, India, Italy, United Kingdom and United States (New York State only). “Participants were individuals undergoing containment measures during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic from mid-April to mid-May 2020.” The selection of these countries was based on the urgency of the pandemic at that time (number of cases and deaths), containment measures the severity, types and degree of publicly recognized corona-related musical behaviors. » Data collection by Prolific (for the UK sample) and Ipsos-MORI (for all other samples) provided sample sizes of 700 to 1,000 for each country. Country-specific quotas on gender, age, and education levels ensured a broadly representative sample, with the exception of the Indian sample which represented only the smallest subpopulation of English speakers who generally higher levels of education and income than the average population. Qualtrics collected all responses online. Analysis of individual samples showed broad similarities as would be expected for the general population of their countries, such as the working lives of those most commonly affected. Overall changes in music engagement during lockdown were particularly pronounced for music selection behaviors, (57% developed moderate to extreme interest in corona music). All types of music engagement data showed “changes in music making (56%) and listening (51%) functions.” “Among 29 daily household activities, listening to music ranked directly behind essential ways to stay up to date with the outside world (e.g., calling people, watching the news).” “Watching movies or TV series is ranked higher than listening to music. The importance of listening to and creating music has been reported in alleviating negative states and emotions and stimulating positive emotions, especially via the enjoyment of the music itself (rank 1).” People reporting higher amounts of negative emotions during the pandemic “used listening to and creating music, primarily … to emotionally cope with the crisis and therefore used it primarily to reduce negative effects, such as stress and loneliness, and to provide a sense of comfort and support.” “Positive emotions” “increased during lockdown, leading people to experiment with listening to and creating music specifically as a form of social adjustment (feeling connected to others).” It was also reported that he used “musical engagement not only to have some form of imaginary exchange, but also to have a special experience (aesthetic or spiritual).” (

On Israeli citizens. Focusing on the emotional reaction to music related to stay-at-home restrictions, this study conducted “after the lifting of the first lockdown in May 2020” interviewed 200 Israeli citizens to examine “individuals’ subjective assessment of differences in their habits. musical listening and emotional reaction to music compared to normal times.” The online questionnaire used looked at changes in “(1) the amount and situations of music listening, (2) the intensity of emotions felt in response to music, and (3) general emotions”. The results revealed that music listening “remained similar or increased” during the Covid-19 period, while “society-related emotions were stronger than under normal circumstances”. When “music uses and emotion scales were correlated with society-related emotions, the results confirmed previous findings about” the use of music for mood regulation and the importance of music as a means of social contact”. These results “provide a demonstration of the subjectivity evaluation of these functions in real time to face a global crisis.” ( 03057356211003326)

Philippines — statistics and facts. While “movie theaters and live cinema have been largely closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic”, streaming in 2020 in our country “has experienced a boom”. During our enforced lockdown, “one of the longest on record in the world”, “most Filipinos relied heavily on home entertainment to cope with social isolation. Filipino netizens streamed videos and music among their main online activities”. As noted, “about 77% of Filipino Internet users between the ages of 16 and 64 used a video streaming subscription service” in 2020. Being affordable and accessible to content, “video streaming, music, and game streaming are become more and more popular; “Multimedia service platforms” are transforming “the way most internet users consume digital content”. ( (Published by Statista Research Department on August 27, 2021)

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Teresita Tanhueco-Tumapon, PhD, one of the Philippines’ most accomplished educators and experts in the management of higher education institutions, studied at top universities in the Philippines and in Germany, Britain and Japan. She has held senior academic positions at Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan; was appointed by the president after EDSA 1986 to standardize campus operations at state institutions and served 17 years later as president of SUC. She is the director of the internationalization office and a lecturer at Liceo University in Cagayan. Awards include the CHEd Lifetime Professional Achievement Award, the British Council Valuable Services Recognition Award, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Education Award for his initiatives as a pioneer member of the Philippine Teacher Education Council.

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