What is music therapy?
A music therapy program has been proven to be an effective treatment by evidence-based
scientific research. Music Therapy is the clinical use of musical activities to achieve specific
therapeutic objectives for individuals who suffer from mental disorders. A music therapist might
use music for medicinal purposes such as helping patients express emotions through songwriting,
playing an instrument, listening to music, and composing songs through a musical instrument.
You do not need musical talent to participate. There is a long list of advantages of music therapy including, psychological, emotional, physical rehabilitation, spiritual, cognitive, and social reasons. A shortlist of advantages include:
– Reducing blood pressure
– Memory improvement
– Music helps enhance communication skills
– Helps patients pay attention to their thoughts and feelings
– Muscle relaxation
– Cognitive skills
– Help to Increase motivation
– Pain management
– Increasing quality of life
Who Can Benefit From The Advantages of Music Therapy?
For centuries People from every background, age group, culture, religion, and ethnicity have
used the advantages of music therapy. Sound therapy has been used by notable groups, including:
– People who have experienced traumatic events like war, natural disasters, and accidents deal with their feelings and emotions.
– Individuals with autism spectrum disorder learn best when things happen predictably and
consistently, and when their environment provides them with familiar surroundings.
– People with Alzheimer’s Disease remember things by stimulating
their minds through familiar songs.
– People who are rehabilitating. The advantages of music therapy is helpful for people who are incarcerated,
hospitalized, or living in residential treatment programs. It helps them deal with their
emotions, improve social relationships, and decrease impulsive behaviors.
– Trauma victims and crisis survivors. You may be experiencing symptoms of
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if you have been through traumatic experiences such
as abuse, neglect, natural disasters, or war. In addition to helping you decrease negative
feelings like anxiety and depression. It has can also improve your mood, increase
self-confidence, provide an outlet for emotional expression, and give you something to
focus on when experiencing difficult problems.
– People who are sick. It includes, but is not restricted to, people with chronic pain,
diabetics, cardiac conditions, cancer patients, headache sufferers, recent surgical
procedures, and individuals undergoing rehabilitation.
– People who suffer from mental health issues. Sound Therapy is effective for people
suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
– Those who suffer from chronic pain. This form of therapy can be used for relaxation, stress
relief, and even sleep improvement.
– People who suffer from substance abuse disorder. If you suffer from substance abuse
disorder, this might be helpful for you. It may help people feel better by reducing stress levels, increasing energy, boosting confidence, helping them cope with stressful situations, and strengthening their ability to deal with difficult emotions like anger, fear, sadness, and grief.
What happens before music therapy?
Your therapist will evaluate your current abilities before planning out an appropriate
therapy program for you. You might want to talk about:
– Emotional well-being.
– Physical health.
– Physiological responses.
– Perceptual/motor skills.
– Social functioning.
– Communication abilities.
– Trauma triggers.
A therapist will help you learn some basic skills for playing an instrument if you do not
already play one. Once they have identified your goals, they will help you create an experience
tailored specifically to you. Doing so, they will consider:
– Your preferences and interests such as a favorite song
– Your age and developmental level.
– Your physical abilities.
– Your cognitive abilities.
– Your trauma triggers and emotional responses.
What happens during music therapy?
Music Therapy involves working together with an experienced professional who helps people
overcome their difficulties through music. It may include singing songs, playing instruments,
dancing, acting out stories, or making art
– Create music
– Sing a song
– Listen to classical music.
– Discuss the meaning behind lyrics
– Play a musical instrument