The Power of Music – Music Therapy
Music has played a vital role in the lives of human beings from time immemorial. There is an almost unexplainable bond between humans and music and this is evident from the fact that music occupies a place in our daily lives from morning till night.
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When we are happy, we celebrate by listening to our favourite kind of music. When we are sad, we like to reflect in the company of slow and soft music. Such is the power of music!
From listening to a cassette of your favourite Bhajan first thing in the morning to tuning into a variety of FM Radio Stations during breakfast or while driving to office, we even carry music with us on our cell phones, car radio, CD Players and I pods. During lunch, many offices play upbeat music to fight mid afternoon / post lunch lethargy.
Evening offers some time to rest and relax when most individuals like to watch TV or even shake a leg at a disco.
Night time calls for some soothing, soft music that helps to rest and unwind before finally turning in for the day.
The various forms and genres of music can take up the role of a mood enhancer that has the power to uplift the moods of people.\
No wonder, it is a recognised fact that music has therapeutic qualities which can be used to influence and bring about positive changes in human behavior. Such a structured, organised and goal oriented use of music is termed as Music Therapy.
Uses of Music Therapy – Music Therapists
Some of us turn to music to remove boredom and entertain ourselves while others listen to music to celebrate, elevate moods and to fight sadness. Each of us use and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of music without even realizing it! Certain songs, tunes, melodies and beats are associated with a time gone by and on listening to the same, it can take us back several years!
Music Therapists are trained professionals who know how to use the powers latent in music to bring about a positive change in a child, adolescent and even in adults in the form of improved communication skills, emotional development, enhanced attention span and better social functioning.
Today, Music Therapy has found a place in psychological healing for people and children who have physical and developmental disabilities, learning disorders, brain injuries and even Autism.
Situations of acute depression, schizophrenia, panic and anxiety disorders etc can be treated through Music Therapy.
Some Important Music Therapy Associations include :
- American Music Therapy Association
- British Association for Music Therapy
- Australian Music Therapy Association Inc
- Canadian Association for Music Therapy etc.
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