Music Therapy

What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is one of the alternative form of therapeutic treatment, it is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health, wellbeing. Individual of any age and ability may benefit from Music Therapy program, regardless of musical skill and background. Music Therapy may address physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social needs with therapeutic relationships. It focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, which distinguishes it from musical entertainment or musical education. Music therapy is the therapeutic application of music with proper methodologies and procedure, by trained musictherapist, to restore, maintain or enahnce the cognitve, socio emotional and physical functioning of the normal/disabled persons of all ages.

Types of music therapy:

One is active mode of music therapy.
The other one is passive mode of music therapy.

Music Therapy is helpful in both forms - sickness and wellness - of medical industry. In this both forms, music therapy helps to restore good health and helps to maintain the same. Active mode requires participation of the patients in the music therapy sessions, while the passive mode of music therapy requires mere involved listening. In the medical field, passive form of music therapy plays a dominant role in the betterment of the patients.

The active mode of music therapy is useful in Pediatric areas and in few of the Neurological problems.

In the Pediatric areas, the active mode of music therapy helps for the hyper active child to reduce the over activity in a given period of time and enhance the quality of concentration in child. With regard to speech difficulties in children this active mode of music enhances the quality of fluency in speech.
Music training also enhances the Verbal Memory improvement in children.
Many of the behavior problems in children and developmental delays and other problematic behaviors also may be attended through active mode of music therapy.

Music Therapy in expressive behavior, imagination development in children, and projecting the ideas while participating etc., are all feasible in this active mode.

In the neurological areas the neurological aphasia; both the receptive and expressive aphasia may get the necessary stimulation, required to bring back the needed communication in patients. The lyrics in active music surely triggers the memory folders in the brains of patients and helps to revive the same.

The passive mode/form of music therapy may surely be implemented in almost in all areas of medical field as an alternative or as an adjunct or as a complement to medicine.

Does Music therapy belong to India?

Yes. Music Therapy prevails in the universe from the dawn of the civilization, since our music is universal and have authenticity in this refined field, we can claim this from of seeking solace belongs to us. The only deficiency we have is, our forefathers do not possess the tendency or attitude to document anything which they are doing for the betterment of the society.

What happens when we are listening to music?

Scientifically, many things are happening in our body while we are listening the music, while we are participating in a live music session with body movements, the music which we are listening/participating many parts of the brain functions in a coordinated pattern and helps to enjoy the music, if we are well versed in music. The mind has the tendency to relate or to identify things in a known pattern, accordingly come to a result/conclusion through our expressed behavior. Rather if we let the music flow into us without getting into the nuances or intricacies of the particular piece which has been provided for the therapeutic purposes,does wonder with the patients,clients and participants. Since these informantion and other pertaining to brain are available only through brain injured patients, few research infromations are available with normal healthy subjects also.

Does music have the healing effect?

Healing effect on individuals with music is a known fact. It has centuries of claim behind it. But the quality of exposure the music with its specifications and other procedures plays a very vital role in speaking about its healing aspect.

Why instrumental music?

When classical music with its notes being played through a string instrument the impact is complete. The specific notes being presented in the classical flair the impact will be good on the individuals. The music with its notes when essayed in classical format the frequency and the wavelength it emanates in the atmosphere and its impact enormous on the listeners. It helps in the quality of neuro transmitters secreted in brain and the behavior of the individual. Music Therapy and its Essence Pleasant tunes transfers good vibrations in the atmosphere. Music acts on our mind before being transformed into thought and feeling. Music influences the lower and higher cerebral centers of the brain. Use of Music as a therapy helps search of an individuals personal harmony. Music therapy is an important tool in the treatment of both physiological and psychosomatic disorders. Music Therapy stimulates good vibrations in the nerves of the listeners. Music brings about a sense of mental well being in individuals. Music Therapy helps to clear the junked thought in mind. Which leads to have positive frame of mind. Music Therapy enhances the concentration level of children. Effect of music on the behavior of individuals is enormous. Music improves the capacity of planning. Musical training helps to express refined exhibition of emotions and clarity in cognition too. Music therapy stimulates beta cell activities. Music therapy enhances quality of neural Engram Music therapy enhances the quality of protein releases of brain chemicals. Music therapy enhances the quality of neurotransmitters. Music therapy conditions the heart. Music therapy reduces hypertension. Music therapy reduces unaccompanied explicit behavioral manifestations. Music therapy helps to restrain the emotional outbursts. Listening to music actually cause brain to perform better spatial reasoning. Music is part of human nature. Human brain processes music. Effects of music on human behavior and thought are powerful. Music enhances cognitive process. Music training and exposure increases the amount of brain that responds to musical sounds. Music during exercise produces physiological benefits. Musical interventions may reduce maternal depression and its effects on infants. Back ground music aids in developing memory. Memory recalls improves when the same music played during learning is played during recall. Music instruction is positively related to verbal memory. Music influences the perception of art. Lyrics and tunes are processed independently in the brain. The right hemisphere is used by musicians to solve the problem. Music promotes physiological and behavioral relaxation in neonates. Music education facilitates language development and reading readiness. Direct music participation enhances the development of creativity. Art activities foster positive attitude toward studies. Music education facilitates social development, personality adjustments and general intellectual development. Music alerts childrens brain waves. Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Music is the shorthand of emotion.

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