Family arguments over teenagers' music-listening choices are as old as disagreements over who washes the dishes or takes out the trash. Parents' musical tastes are often very different from those of their teenage children; however, music has the potential to affect emotions. As with adults, music can help teenagers identify, process and express their emotions. For teenagers, music frequently provides a means of identifying or labeling certain emotions.
Her response? We can assume fairly safely that lots of unchurched teens listen to music that has questionable-to-outright negative and harmful lyrics. But what about the kids sitting in our Wednesday night Bible studies? Are they listening to this stuff? Do they care about the content of these songs?
Leyla Norman has been a writer since and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology. Music and teenagers go hand-in-hand.
Parents of adolescents who can't tell heavy metal from pop rock may have a tough time discussing the meaning of life with their children, say two professors of communication in a new book on youth and music. That's because music is central to youth culture. At an adolescent party, the key question is not what you do but what music you listen to.