Music therapy and its effects

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Music Therapy has been and is still greeted with mixed opinions. It is, arguably, one of those things that some would see in the same light as something of a witch doctor or Hollywood wizardry. It’s definitely going to be met with some skeptics. By nature, skeptics are bound to be found everywhere, and many flock to things that are especially unorthodox. Skepticism, however, very often stems from a lack of education and/or experience, so you really can’t knock something until you’ve tried it.

 

Music Therapy, according to https://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy/, “…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 has been shown to be very therapeutic on its own, and when combined with regular therapeutic techniques, it can work wonders. Music is a good way to express emotion, and it does so for those who otherwise have trouble doing so. That’s just one way music therapy works. 

Listening to music is not the extent of music therapy. Music Therapy includes experiencing music in many forms. When first attending music therapy, your therapist will give you a way to experience music therapeutically based off of an analysis. Music therapy treatments include singing, making music, dancing or swaying to music, and/or just listening to it. It is shown to have therapeutic effects and transfer strengths and skills learned to daily life. For more information about music therapy, check out www.musictherapy.org.