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Music Therapy

INTRODUCTION

  • Music therapy is the clinical use of music to accomplish individualized goals such as reducing stress, improving mood and self-expression.

  • It is an evidence-based therapy well-established in the health community.

  • Musical skills or talents are not required to participate.


HOW DOES THE BRAIN RESPOND TO MUSIC


  • Music engages the brain in remarkable ways

  • The brain responds to music with profound cellular signals that evoke emotions within us.

  • Multiple areas light up when a person is listening to music, but it wasn’t just any music chosen during this study. It was music that related to a person's experience that made them feel something significant.


BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY

Emotional:

  • Music can call up repressed (bottled up) emotions that may then be released.

  • Music can lessen feelings of isolation.

  • Improved mood.

  • Anxiety reduction.

  • Self-expression.

  • Stress management.


Physical:

  • Music can affect the body by changing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure and respiration rate.

  • Relaxation and improved sleep.

  • Management of and distraction from pain.


IF YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A MUSIC THERAPIST…

  • Create music: You might compose music, write lyrics, or make up music together

  • Sing music: Use your voice to share a piece of music.

  • Listen to music: Enjoy the sound and lyrics.

  • Move to music: It can be as simple as tapping your toes together or as complicated as a coordinated dance.

  • Discuss lyrics: Read or listen to the lyrics of a song and talk about their meaning.

  • Play an instrument: Use an instrument like a piano, guitar, drums, etc. to share music.


EXPERIMENT


  • the study is conducted by renowned Louis Armstrong center music therapists

  • Researchers sought to find of a specific music therapy intervention that could have a positive effect on anxiety and cancer patients undergoing their first day of radiation treatment

  • Patients provided with music therapy had a significant decrease in their distress and anxiety while the patients who did not have music therapy became more anxious


LISTENING TO BAROQUE WHILE STUDYING


According to Chris Boyd Brewer, “Baroque music, such as that composed by Bach, Handel or Telemann, that is 50 to 80 beats per minute creates an atmosphere of focus that leads students into deep concentration in the alpha brain wave state. Learning vocabulary, memorizing facts or reading to this music is highly effective.”


Baroque can “stabilize mental, physical, and emotional rhythms” according to Brewer. This stability helps create a deeper level of concentration and focus. This deeper level of focus can help students better process and learn large sums of information.


Give it a try with these recommendations:

  • Vivalidi: Four Seasons

  • Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D – Air

  • Telemann: Concerto for 2 Horns – Vivace

  • (not Baroque, but Contemporary Classical) Holst: Songs Without Words


CONCLUSION

School is hard and in a society that is so focused on seeing young one succeed, pressures of academia and family life can often lead to stress which can open the door for brain disorders down the road. So, what will you do with the information that you’ve just learned? The first simple step you can take is to play the music you like, to sing the song that can release your emotions, to play the instrument that requires your concentration… it will give you a room to enter your spiritually wounded heart. And in that space… that beautiful and empty space… new life, new plans, new beginnings, and new people will emerge. The darkness won't seem so overwhelming anymore, now that you’ve identified the light. It will inspire you. And all of a sudden, your cracks and scars won’t look like flaws at all. They’ll look like beauty marks, just as the notes on the sheet music.


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Researcher: Liz

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