Musical Therapy

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Musical Therapy Music. It comes in so many different forms; it consists of sound, rhythm, harmony and melody; it is all around us at any particular moment, weaving into our day to day life. From the intricate and delicate trills on a violin to the deep thudding of a bass at a rock concert that, it can make one feel emotion, drawing you to tears or causing a swell of joy within your heart. Although mostly created and used for entertainment, we are questioning the real power of music in our lives. We all know that medicines and antibiotics heal the body, but an uncommon branch of medicine called musical therapy is making its scratch on the mere surface of our understanding of the human body. Musical therapy is defined as “the use of musical elements by a qualified musical therapist to, with a client or a group, in a process designed to facilitate and promote relevant, therapeutic objectives in order to meet physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive needs (WFMT 2010). Can music, a power found literally at our fingertips, really be a true contribution in the answer in healing the physically and mentally impaired? Do simple sounds really help the memory of the late-night studying student and stir the mind of an elderly woman in assisted care into brief remembrance? And why does the memory of this music remain in the brain long after other sounds, some more often heard, no longer recall memories? Musical therapy is achieved in different ways. There are group or individual therapy sessions with a trained musical therapist, or self therapy where a person simply listens to specific music to create a certain mood, easily seen by competitive athletes or concentrated musicians. Vin, Bruinsma, and Scholten explain that there ... ... middle of paper ... ...child can help to relieve and soothe an anxious mind. Listening to music and using musical therapy can have endless ways to inspire, heal, distract, focus, and entertain. It not only helps the patient, but in most cases also helps family members, friends, doctors, and nurses to feel relief and positive energy. It can also help loved ones to know that the patient is feeling less pain, and is being comforted. Musical therapy is a simple answer to a greater problem, and it is a power that is found in every corner of the world. It is a light that turns the helps people in the darkest corners to see. Although it is not a cure, musical therapy is an effective tool in lessening the effects of diseases, but it also helps in raising spirits, inserting hope, and relieving tension. Myerov and Hicks state “That’s the goal of music therapy — to ease a difficult time” (1).

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