A Therapeutic Source

Music Therapy

Suggested Songs
Crying Steel Guitar – Tammy Wynette
Music. – JoJo
Music is Healing – Florida Georgia Line

Among the many positive characteristics of music is its ability to be highly therapeutic. Music is powerful, and it is capable of breaking down barriers and reaching where other methods may be unproductive. In physical, mental, emotional, and soulful areas of health, music contributes significantly to well-being. For example, it can ease pain and relieve muscle tension; assist in processing, storing, and recalling information; help in forming constructive relationships and improving communication; and motivate people to set and reach goals. A key reason that music is successful in serving a variety of needs is due to its ability to affect both the conscious and sub-conscious of the brain. Whether we are setting information that we need to remember to the beat of a song, surpassing targeted levels during exercise by listening to our favorite songs, or finding ourselves moving to the rhythm of the music on the radio, we have experienced the influence of music. The potency of music has been recognized for centuries, but the more that research has progressed and the more that strides have been made in scientific areas, the more it has been realized how powerful music is to the health of living beings. Several remarkable discoveries have been made with regards to music and its significance in neuroscience, the area of science dedicated to studying how the nervous system and brain function and what impact they have on total well-being. For instance, there has been substantial research linking music to the increase of neural connectivity through strengthened synapses, which, in essence, can help the brain grow, improving such functions as language development, memory, and the control of motor skills and coordination. Due to the multiple benefits that music is believed to have in the area of neuroscience, music therapy has become increasingly consulted as a means to help people attain well-being. While music therapy first gained recognition in the late eighteenth century, it has made increasingly notable progress as board certification programs have been founded, senate hearings have been conducted, and clinical training requirements have been established. Although there are differences in the philosophy, education, and approach of music therapists, they share similar goals of positively affecting the conscious and sub-conscious of the brain through the use of music. A few of the numerous results are the abilities for the brain to more effectively process, store, and recall information and for the body to move with more ease. Music therapists, who must also have expertise in the fields of psychology and medicine, may further use music to aid in such services as providing physical rehabilitation, facilitating communication, and helping people as they battle with mental disorders. Music therapy may attribute its success not only to the power of the music, but also to the multisensory techniques which are implemented in achieving goals specific to the needs of each patient. Through encouraging such activities as not only listening to music but also creating other forms of art while listening to the tunes, interpreting lyrics, writing songs, playing instruments, singing, and moving to the music, therapists help those who are receiving treatment to develop motor skills, form introspective thoughts, engage in social interaction, express their emotions constructively, and let the music flow through them. Skills which are learned and enhanced through music therapy are able to be applied to all areas of life. Music therapy is truly an asset to people confronting a wide array of obstacles, including neurological and developmental complications. Music therapists work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Many artists have been proactive in visiting these types of centers to unite in the cause of helping people to overcome their struggles through the power of music.