a little aside about music therapy

as someone pursuing a bachelors degree in music therapy, i know – not even think – that music is healing.

the field grows every day, with more people becoming more aware of what music therapy is all about. it is not the mere listening to music to lift spirits or playing music for others’ relaxation and enjoyment (though it does include these techniques, don’t get me wrong); it involves so much more, for example: creating music, movement to music, socialization, storytelling using music, and a combination of these. even silence can be used if it is what the client responds to.

music itself is therapeutic, and when implemented in an intimate clinical setting with a trained professional, it only enhances the effect. from what I have read and seen of case studies, music can help people with depression, autism, dementia (this is a big one), and various physiological problems, to name a few. i’m not going to dwell upon what “officially” constitutes as music therapy (according to my textbooks), but i can say that every individual’s reaction to music is unique; no one situation is the same, and therefore, there is no one universal music therapy technique that everybody will respond to.

long story short, music is therapeutic and healing, but music therapy is so much more.

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