Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy ?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

How Does Music Therapy Work ?

Music therapy research and clinical practice have proven to be effective with people of all ages and abilities. Whether a person's challenges are physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological, music therapy can address a person's needs.

At its core, music therapy is the interaction between a therapist, a client (or clients) and the use of music. A music therapist assesses the client(s) and creates a clinical plan for treatment in conjunction with team and client goals, which in turn determines the course of clinical sessions. A music therapist works within a client-centered, goal-directed framework.

Follow the links below for more detailed information about various client populations that music therapists work with :

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Childbirth and Neonatal Care
  • Children with Emotional Disorders
  • Community Mental Health
  • Dementia Care
  • Developmental Delay
  • Geriatrics
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Mental Health
  • Mentally Challenged
  • Pain
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Voice

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Music Therapy can benefit the following populations and conditions: children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.

Music Therapy Connections specializes in the treatment of children with a wide range of diagnoses and/or special needs. With children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child's behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills. Music therapy enhances the quality of life. It involves relationships between a quali?ed therapist and child; between one child and another; between child and family; and between the music and the participants. These relationships are structured and adapted through the elements of music to create a positive environment and set the occasion for successful growth.

Advantage of music therapy :

Listening to good and soulful music will help you attain self improvement and have a better quality of life. You can do your household chores after turning on some good music and you will never feel the strain. Also you can use music for motivation. Music can definitely change your state of mind and make you more relaxed and happy. By listening to stimulating music you tend to become more relaxed.

You can also use music for intelligence. In this case music stimulates creativity by creating channels of neurons in the brain. Research has proved that music tunes the brain to higher planes of thinking. Music therapy is an emerging arena of health care in which music is used to heal patients fighting cancer, children with reading/writing problems and others. Many health care facilities also make use of music to help patients fight depression, cope with pain and ease muscle tension. There are plenty of other advantages associated with music therapy as music impacts the mind and body in many ways that are powerful. Given below are some of the advantages of listening to soulful music which helps to reiterate the importance of music therapy.

With respect to brain waves, studies have shown that music with strong beats can help bring alert thinking and better concentration there by promoting calm and a meditative state. Also music can bring changes in brain activity levels which will enable it to shift speeds very easily on its own. This in turn can lead to a healthy state of mind. Music can also alter the heart rate and breathing functions and there by improve the relaxation response by causing slower and relaxed breathing. This is the reason why music therapy is largely used to counteract the damages caused by chronic stress and thereby leads to promotion of all-round health. Music helps to create a positive bent of mind and helps to stay away from depression. This can lead to better levels of optimism and creativity and a lot of other benefits. Because of all these advantages and positive effects physically, many view music as a crucial factor which helps the body to fight diseases and to stay healthy.

Disadvantage of music therapy :

A major disadvantage of music in today's society is that a large majority of popular musicians are making and selling their music for no reason other than to make money. I'll define "popular" more clearly- almost anything on a top hits chart, a lot of music played on commercial radio, bands that have their name on walmart t-shirts, etc. There are of course always exceptions to this, but most of these bands and musicians don't make music because its a way of expressing yourself and communicating with others; they present themselves and their music because they want to make money. Giant record labels aren't signing bands because they think they're really talented and make great music, they're signing bands that will be easily marketed to an audience; bands that will sell the most Cd's downloads, t-shirts, and concert tickets.

Luckily, for those of us who can not stand the top 40 hits that get played over and over and over on the radio, there exists independent musicians, bands, labels, radio stations, etc.

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