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Music Therapy

Essay By: MAmberConrad

Music is great!!

Submitted:Sep 5, 2008    Reads: 218    Comments: 6    Likes: 4   

Music Therapy

For Us All

You're listening to your favorite song. Can you hear it? What instruments do you hear? Is someone singing? What are the words saying to you? What is the music telling you? How do you feel when you're listening to it? What does music do to you? How important is music in your life?

I personally don't have a favorite song. I don't even have a favorite genre of music, as my tastes are quite eclectic. My mood depends upon my music. But also, my music can set the tone of my mood. When I'm feeling angry, sure I can turn up Metallica and head thrash about the room. (I'm sure you have a visual now.) Instead, I turn on Fionn Regan (guitar and singing, very relaxing and folkey). Or, I find a nature CD. These sounds seem to get through to me, to calm me down.
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, music is defined as
vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony. The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as, "an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to
�promote wellness
�manage stress
�alleviate pain
�express feelings
�enhance memory
�improve communication
�promote physical rehabilitation."
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.
A quote from Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead):"(Rhythm) is there in the cycles of the seasons, in the migrations of the birds and animals, in the fruiting and withering of plants, and in the birth, maturation and death of ourselves," Hart told a Senate panel studying music therapy.


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