MUSIC THERAPY – Proof that Music is a remedy

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MUSIC THERAPY – Proof that Music is a remedy

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

How often do you listen to music? Are you also one of those people who step out of the house, only when their earphones are plugged in? Do you too have a vast music library on your phone or laptops? Are you also a believer that 70% of the tensions in life are relieved to a greater extent by just listening to music? If yes, then this article is here to prove that music is a remedy and that there exists a Music Therapy which is now proven to be of therapeutic effects.

Different people prefer different types of music. Some people light and soft music, while some prefer hard rock and loud music. No matter what category of music lovers you belong to, there are some certain good things that you need to know about Music Therapy.

What people often say is that they listen to music because it helps in being “calm” and if one goes by scientific experimentation and theories, music has proven to have a therapeutic effect. Let us first understand the basics of Music Therapy.

By the term “Music Therapy”, one implies to use music in a way that seeks to achieve the goal of a therapeutic effect. It is a widely recognized allied health profession in which the music therapist uses music of all sorts and rhythms to help the client improve his or her mental and physical health. All facets of music – physical, social, mental, aesthetic, emotional or spiritual are used to achieve a desired result for the client by the therapist. Music therapists often help their clients to improve their cognitive functioning, emotional development, social and motor skills. Music Therapy is now become a wide qualitative research literature base and incorporates clinical therapy psychotherapy, bio-musicology, musical acoustics, music theory, sensory integration and comparative musicology. Today many health care professionals like physicians, psychologists, physical therapists provide referrals to their clients or patients to undertake Music Therapy. Also, Music Therapy does not always have to refer by a professional and hence it is self-referral as well.

Music Therapy is not just listening to one’s favourite music but it also encompasses making music that is to learn to play various musical instruments, writing songs and lyrics, singing songs, dancing on music, learning rhythms, tones and pitches. Apart from music’s entertaining and recreational property, music today is used in medical hospitals, cancer centres, schools for special children and rehabilitation centres to provide relief and joy.

History is evident of the fact that Music has a healing property. Plato, the great philosopher once remarked that music affected the emotions and could influence the character of an individual and Aristotle, another great philosopher said music affects the soul and has a force to purify one’s emotions. Developing on the ancient reverence to importance of music, the Music Therapy as we know today was started after the World Wars in United Kingdom where the musicians played for soldiers and victims to help them overcome the emotional and physical trauma of the wars.

Since then music therapists have been working with individuals who suffer from behavioural or emotional disorders. The Neurological Music Therapy or NMT studies how brain is with and without music and how music can produce or trigger functional changes in the human brain. Music Therapy has always been one of the tools to cure many illnesses and disorders of children. Autistic, blind children and children with other disorders also react very positively to Music Therapies. Music Therapy done during the pregnancy known as Prenatal Music Therapy is known to provide Prenatal Stress Relief, maternal-foetal bonding and prenatal language development. Music therapy has also been shown to be very helpful in stimulating growth and development in premature infants.

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Music Therapy has been known to be beneficial not only for children and patients but for adolescents as well. The erratic mood disorders are very common in adolescents. Be it the clinical depression or the bipolar disorder, adolescents have obtained emotional, social and daily basis benefits from Music Therapy.  Music often provides one with relatable feelings and messages and this provides them comfort, reduces stress levels and music henceforth becomes a unifying force that brings their emotions, feelings, together.

In many other countries, Music Therapy has now being popularized and is widely put to use and in India, roots of musical therapy happen to have ancient mythological roots. Many great classical musicians of India have known to often regard music as a form of highest worship, a source of felicity and elation.

What sounds pleasant to one’s ear becomes one’s favourite music. And as often people say that “I better listen to some good music in order to make myself feel better”, this is a proof enough that music with all its variety and power has a unique strength to rouse one’s feeling and effect mood. People often have different playlists with different genres of songs to fit their different moods as well. This is where the core strength of music lies.

Today, there are millions of people who are engaged into the music industry. Other millions are being evidently seen dependent on music to lift up their spirits in times of distress. So if you are a music lover then you too belong to a large chunk of the population worldwide, and you can proudly embrace your love of music.

There is no harm in pursuing a love for music; one can extend this love to by playing musical instruments, dancing, singing or any other activity that involves music. But one must be aware that music which is pleasant to you must not become a source of nuisance and distraction for someone else. Play and enjoy music, Music Therapy is a remedy for stress and illnesses but do take care not to disturb someone with your Music.

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