Music Therapy Research

Effects of Music In Autistic Children and their Behavior – Dr. T. MYTHILY Ph. D


Music Therapy is the unique application of music to enhance personal lives by creating positive changes in human behavior. It is an allied health profession utilizing music as a tool to encourage development in social/ emotional, cognitive/learning, and perceptual-motor areas. Music Therapy has a wide variety of functions with the exceptional child, adolescent and adult in medical, institutional and educational settings. Music is effective because it is a nonverbal form of communication, it is a natural reinforcer, it is immediate helloin time and provides motivation for practicing nonmusical skills. Most importantly, it is a successful medium because almost everyone responds positively to at least some kind of music.

Music Therapy is particularly useful with autistic children owing in part to the nonverbal, non threatening nature of the medium. Parallel music activities are designed to support the objectives of the child as observed by the therapist or as indicated by a parent, teacher or other professional. A music therapist might observe, for instance, the childs need to socially interact with others. Musical games like passing a ball back and forth to music or playing sticks and cymbals with another person might be used to foster this interaction. Eye contact might be encouraged with imitative clapping games near the eyes or with activities which focus attention on an instrument played near the face. Preferred music may be used contingently for a wide variety of cooperative social behaviors like sitting in a chair or staying with a group of other children in a circle.
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Effects Of Music Training on Verbal Memory in Children – Dr. T. MYTHILY Ph. D


Charles Darwin in his Autobiography reveals his inner wish and musical bent of mind that, "If I had my life to live over again, I would have made it a rule to ……… , listen to some music at least once every week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use". Even now, this can be of good applicability with everybodys life from the childhood days.

The selected topic is based on neuro psychology and cognition. The psychological experience in learning and retaining and reproducing the learned material effectively. There is a wealth of literature on the health and healing effects of music, its influence on emotions, physiology, cognitive skills and other aspects and numerous approaches and theories have been proposed to explain these concepts.
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