The Benefits of Music Therapy

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A lot of children who grow up in rough neighbourhoods and are considered at-risk kids spent a lot of their time trying to survive. A lot of what they do, or don’t do is in reaction to the situations around them-situations that are stressful. They use often dangerous and self-destructive means to survive and to take away the pain.

Numerous studies have shown that the use of music can change the amount of stress hormones that are released into the body. In the words of Norman Weinberger “…different studies showed music greatly reduced the levels and duration of cortisol responses to stress.”

What this means in layman’s terms is that music is a healer and there are many benefits of music therapy.

Benefits of music therapy:

  • It can help a child develop their communication skills

  • It helps promote concentration and listening skills

  • Helps children find better ways of expressing their feelings creatively and constructively.

  • It can help parents and families understand the growing needs of the children

  • It is used to provide emotional support for children when they are hospitalised.

  • It can help facilitate the development of a child’s social skills, trust and positive attachment to their parents.

Research conducted in Finland found that through music therapy, many of their patients who suffered from depression and anxiety had improved their symptom management. Music has the ability to change how the brain functions in response to stress and impact the effects of stress. Music therapy works because it taps into the part of our brain that is older and developed earlier (as babies and young children) and reaches our emotional centres in our brain.

What makes MT so great?

It is a kind of therapy that is non-threatening and welcoming. MT allows one to explore deeper feelings, behaviours and issues surrounding emotional dysregulation. Going deeper still, MT can be individually designed to help individuals deal with grief, loss, abandonment and other issues.

The nature of MT allows it to reach across the stages of a child’s development and well as helping adults develop relationships with their child through play and engaging in music. All children respond to music due to their in-born interest in it and it stimulates their motor and neuron centres, making it more fun and laying the foundation for other therapeutic mediums to be used at a later stage if necessary.

Music therapy is for everyone. What is great about is that you don’t necessarily need to go to a psychologist to reap its benefits. If you find yourself at home feeling stressed or moody, you can simply listening and playing music can help change this.

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The magic of “Musical Medicine” will come into its own. The application of such healing potencies will not be limited just to man’s body and mind. It will be an agency for building and healing his soul as well.” Corinne Heline(1882-1975)

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