“Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere, In the wind… In the air… In the light. It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do… is Listen.” – August Rush
Music can bring healing benefits and enjoyment to all ages. The process of making and listening to music provides the ability to communicate and show expression that goes beyond words. Throughout history, humans have used music as part of their healing arts and to create bonding in their societies.
What is Music Therapy?
An extensive amount of clinical research has shown that music can provide a great healing power in individuals experiencing many health conditions. In the early 1900s, music therapy became an established health program that uses music interventions to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. A music therapist is a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. They work one-on-one or in group settings to help individuals communicate their emotions resulting from health challenges in a musical way. The individual does not need any experience with music before therapy, and the therapist decides what technique is best suited for the individual.
What is Music Therapy commonly used for?
Music therapy can be used for many different health conditions. The following list is just a few:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Speech disorders
- Patients experiencing any pain
- Premature infants to improve sleep and increase weight gain
Music is for All.
A professional music therapist is not necessary to feel the healing power of music. However, they can provide guidance when a health challenge is profoundly impacting your quality of life. To find a music therapist near you, contact your healthcare practitioner for a reference or check out the American Music Therapy Association. Music therapy is beneficial for all individuals. Consider playing an instrument, producing your own music electronically, or simply listening to music. Music brings relaxation, motivation, encouragement, confidence, and many more. I encourage you to listen to the music in your life!
Check out Big Sky Music Therapy that is here in Butte, Montana.