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Music Therapy for Healthy Children and Families 

  • If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then you have experienced the power of music. Music can evoke emotions, memories, and spiritual or social connectedness, as well as provide a means of expressing feelings and a sense of safety, security and comfort to young children. Music especially provides a fun way for children to learn. It is the one medium that cuts through the boundaries of age, culture, disability and disease.

Using Music Therapy for Stress Relief Is Very Effective  

  • Music therapy is good for people of all ages, from young children to elderly seniors, may benefit from the service.. People with almost any disability have ability when it comes to music. Music Therapy clients participate through playing instruments, improvising and making up new songs, singing, or even just listening. The people that are involved in Music Therapy sessions may range from having a mild learning disability to having severe mental retardation.

Medicine with a melody: Music therapy allows patients to tune out their illnesses and focus on healing 

  • ...the medical community is becoming increasingly aware of not only the popularity of music therapy, but the many ways that it can complement traditional medical treatment. "As a discipline, we are doing a better job communicating to the medical community what we're doing," said John Hartman, music therapy director for the Milwaukee Center for Independence. "Before we were just saying 'it's music, it's good, it works', but didn't have the research to back it up." But now there are results that show "it's not just a fluke, but it's real and it's helping," he said. Here are some of the ways.

Does Music Really Affect the Development of Children? 

  • Moderator: Is Mozart the only classical composer you recommend? Is there a place for using popular and folk music with our children as well?

    Campbell: There is a place for all music in our lives, as long as it is not too loud and injures the cochlea. Classical music is well ordered, and Mozart represents that in the music he wrote as a child and young adult. Romantic music, such as Beethoven and Brahms have far more emotional and heroic energies. It is important to remember that no music is an instant cure-all. But the making and listening to music at appropriate times can be quite miraculous. 

Music and Your Body: How Music Affects Us and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health 

  • Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as Music Therapy, which uses music to heal. Those who practice music therapy are finding a benefit in using music to help cancer patients, children with ADD, and others, and even hospitals are beginning to use music and music therapy to help with pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension, and for many other benefits that music and music therapy can bring.

Autism Disorder - Music Therapy Could Bring About A Significant Change 

  • Facilitates Creative Self-Expression and Promote Emotional Satisfaction
    Monotonic speech eliminated by following rhythmic songs is one way to promote self expression. Using music encourages improvement in social, emotional and perceptual-motor areas by motivating nonmusical skills also. Engaging in music in some form or the other, including playing instruments, influences change in responses, serves as vent for pent-up emotions, thus gratifying and facilitating creative self expression. 

Music Therapy with Older Adults 

  • If you walk into a nursing home during a music therapy session you may see what can only be described as amazing. Individuals who cannot remember loved ones, life long friends, or their place of birth, singing along with the music therapist. How is this possible? Why is it that they can remember nothing but words to a silly song? This phenomenon is by far one of the most amazing benefits of music therapy in the treatment of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. By some coincidence, the area of the brain that is responsible for remembering music is one of the last areas that is touched by Alzheimer’s disease and advanced forms of dementia. The fact that the elder still listen and enjoy music is why it used so frequently with the elderly 


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