Music therapy benefits

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  1. Music therapy benefits introduction
  2. Research on music therapy
  3. How does music therapy work?



There are a number of ways music therapy benefits people, but first of all I will explain what music therapy is.

Music therapy is a process in which a music therapist uses music to help people to maintain and improve their health.

Music therapy is used with people who have a various conditions such as

  • Physical handicaps
  • Medical disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Aging
  • Developmental disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Sensory impairments
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Communication disorders

Additionally it is used to reduce stress, build self esteem and support physical exercise.

An English scholar called Richard Burton wrote in his book called The Anatomy of Melancholy, that dance and music were extremely important in the treatment of mental illness.

The wonderful benefits of music have always been known throughout human civilization. Music is a universal language and it transcends any language barriers.

Research on music therapy


In the UK, hospitals used for recovering soldiers after both world war one and two.

November 2006, Dr. Michael J. Crawford along with his colleagues in November 2006 discovered again that music therapy was of help to Schizophrenic patients.

Music affects certain parts of the brain. Research conducted by Nayak et al. show that music therapy is associated can decrease depression, reduce anxiety and improve mood.

Current research done by Kim and Jeong showed that music therapy employed in conjunction with an traditional therapy, improves recovery rates and social emotional deficits that result from a stroke.

How does music therapy work?


In a music therapy session, you create, listen, improvise or even compose music. Every one of these activities offer different benefits to the patient.


The patient and therapist work together to produce music. Its not necessary to be a ultra special musician because the therapist will do the technical work if you do not have a good knowledge of music theory


During an improvisation session the patient writes music which are based on situations, emotions and events that are talked about during a session.

Recreating music

When it comes to recreating music, what the patient does is take lessons and learn the technicalities of singing and playing music.Listening

The music therapist uses some music in order to connect with you then gets you to talk about the emotions that are invoked by the song.

All of these activities are designed to tap into your emotions.

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