What Is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is using music interventions as a clinical and evidence based therapy to accomplish personally set goals. This done as part of a therapeutic relationship with a licensed therapist who has completed an approved music therapy training program.

Forms of music are used to deal with physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of the participants. There is an initial assessment of the strengths and wants of each participant after which the qualified therapist provides the preferred treatment inclusive of creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.

Music therapists evaluate wellbeing, physical state, social abilities, communication issues, and cognitive levels via musical responses. They design music sessions for individuals and groups using music improv, accessible music listening, music writing, discussions on song lyrics, imagery in music, performance, and learning using music.

So many groups of people actually benefit from music therapy including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, and elderly with mental health needs, those with developmental and learning problems, Alzheimer’s patients and other aging related conditions, substance abuse sufferers, people with acquired brain injuries, physical disabilities, those with acute pain, and finally mothers during birth.

In 2017 Jillian Levy’s study identified six major health benefits of music therapy:

1- A reduction in anxiety and the physical effects of stress

2- A marked improvement in healing processes

3- Improved management of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

4- Music therapy reduces depression and other symptoms in the elderly

5- It helps to reduce symptoms of psychological disorders

6- Music therapy improves self-expression and communication

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