Music Therapy: The Positive Effects Of Listening To Music

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Listening to music is a different experience for each individual listener. “To some it [music] is mainly an instinctive, exciting sound to which they dance or move their bodies. Other people listen for its message, or take an intellectual approach to its form and construction, appreciating its formal patterns or originality” (Wade-Matthews and Thompson 10). Depending on the situation in which music is used, listeners will react to it in a variety of ways. A song that is played at a party will cause people to start dancing. Yet a song that is played during an emotional state will lead people to analyze its deep and meaningful message. With such diverse reactions in mind, it’s no wonder that music is one of society’s favorite forms of entertainment.…show more content…
Since birth, people are raised through constant lullabies and nursery rhymes until they grow and branch off into their own musical tastes. With the amounts of melodies and songs that people have heard throughout their life-time, they have become accustomed to the concept of music itself. To have a therapeutic process that involves something that patients are familiar with makes music therapy a useful procedure. As stated by author Brandon Sneed, “But music therapy goes beyond one’s emotions-it’s designed to help the body and whatever ails it.” Of course, emotions can be improved from the power of music; but the fact that humans and music are naturally connected is what proves the true effectiveness of music therapy. Some music therapy sessions involve the use of physical movement. Researcher Anna Maratos states, “Second, and rather obviously, the act of playing musical instruments requires purposeful physical movement. The role of physical activity in averting depression and alleviating its effects is well recognized” (Maratos, Crawford, and Procter). Movement for patients can positively impact their bodies and mindsets. This is because their physicality and emotionality are closely connected. As stated by author Polly Campbell, “Chemical changes occur all of the time in our bodies, particularly when we are afraid or stressed, or feeling excitement or love. Those chemical reactions change how we feel physically and send cues to our brains that can fuel our emotional response.” Through physical activity, the body and the brain work together to create a positive mindset for a patient. Due to music therapy’s physical procedures, patients are able to “experience themselves as physical beings” (Maratos, Crawford, and Procter). Physical movement in music therapy helps the patient feel more open and positive about their lives. As well as that, the patient

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