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Student Piece – Benefits of Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy utilizes non-verbal, and sound-based expression to help participants access and communicate their inner state. Previous experience or ability are unimportant and anyone can benefit from the practice of sound-based expression, whether in the form of sophisticated guitar chords, songwriting, or simple forms of drumming. It is an effective method of healing that is rarely talked about or practiced, and can be a successful treatment for a variety of illnesses. Different aspects are included in this process like making, writing, and listening to music. Music therapy is a credible source to manage mental as well as physical disorders. Although not commonly recognized as an advantageous rehabilitation, music therapy takes training and experience.

Music Therapists 

It takes a lot to proclaim yourself as a music therapist with years of training and experience. When starting, a music therapist will assess a client or program’s goals in order to create an effective treatment plan. Music therapy can take place in a group or one-on-one session. It is important to note that it should be practiced in a safe, quiet environment to get the best results. Different therapists have different ways of practicing based on their personal views and how they believe their clients will get the best results. 

Who benefits from Music Therapy?

Everyone can benefit from music therapy regardless of age, gender, or musical abilities. Music therapy can be personalized based on intent. Younger clients typically use music therapy to treat developmental or learning disabilities, and to communicate more effectively. Older clients typically use it to treat mental and physical disorders. 

Mental Health Benefits 

In regards to mental health, the benefits are astounding. Some of many benefits are listed below. 

  • Alter mood 
  • New use of relaxation strategies
  • Take attention away from anxiety 
  • Musical stimulus for rhythmic breathing
  • Systematic release of tension 
  • Focus on positive thoughts and feelings
  • Feel a variety of emotions
  • Improve quality of life
  • Express feelings without words 
  • Helpful to treat depression when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy 
  • Treat insomnia 

Physical Health Benefits

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce heart rate
  • Relax muscle tension 
  • Improve breathing 
  • Treating chronic pain
  • Pain management

Written by: Lauren W.

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