The relaxing and restorative power of music is amazingly illustrated in the lives of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Music therapy leads to increased secretion levels of "feel-good" brain chemicals, including melatonin, serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and prolactin in Music can boost mood, reduce stress and agitation, foster positive social interactions, coordinate motor function, and even facilitate cognition. How? Even as the disease progresses and cognitive function declines, the human brain still naturally responds to music. And the benefits continue long after the music stops playing.
* Development of motor skills
* Nursing Homes
* Pain Management
* Psychiatric Facilities
* Stress / Anxiety
* Veteran Affairs / PTSD Treatments
* and many other benefits
Using musical improvisation and exploration can help a child focus on the sound being creating rather than a procedure that is going on or will happen soon. The child can play a simple melody on the xylophone as the music therapist sings a familiar song while he is getting stitches. Or, the music therapist can engage the child in a non-verbal drum “conversation” alternating back and forth in response to the other’s drum beat. Before the child knows it, time has passed that was not spent worrying.
Music therapy is a field that uses music in a prescribed manner as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. Music Therapy is a creative arts therapy like others such as Art, Dance, and Drama Therapy. It is, however, unique in that music provides an accessible and enjoyable medium for growth and learning. It is a healing art, based on scientific principles and grounded in research.
REnee Dundas, MA, MTBC
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