Music has the power of healing. We all prefer to listen to our favorite track on our phone or music players which give us relief after getting exhausted with our daily routine. Music Therapy is a way of healing and maintains the physical, psychological and social well-being of an individual. It includes activities like listening to music, singing and playing an instrument. A trained therapist would design a specific pattern of music or musical activities for you in the hospitals, rehab centers, schools or nursing homes.
“I would teach children music, physicas and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”-Plato once quoted.
History Of Music Therapy:
Music therapy, a therapeutic tool that had been in use for centuries with great effect enhancing our brain areas that stimulate our emotion, cognition, sensation, and movement. It’s a unique and effective way of dealing with physical and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and hypertension.
In 1944, Michigan State University first included music therapy in their curriculum. In the year 1950, first music professional organization for music therapy took shape and later becomes famous as National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT). The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) was formed in 1998 merging two association, NAMT and American Association for Music Therapy.
AMTA now focuses on advancement and accessibility of this therapy by education, training, and research.
Who Can Get benefitted From Music Therapy:
Many individuals can get benefitted from music therapy. Both physical and psychological situation can be treated with various kind of music. People who have problems with expressing verbally might take the benefits of music therapy rather than going for the traditional treatment.
People suffering from depression, mood swings, anxiety, Schizophrenia, Autism, Personality issues, Insomnia, Dementia can take a huge advantage from music therapy.
The best part of music therapy is that you don’t need to be an expert in understanding music. You just have to feel it!
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