By Mindy Longhurst
Music has the power to influence our emotions. Songs can connect us with certain memories. Since music affects us so much, it makes sense that music can help to heal us. For centuries, music therapy has been helping people to physically, emotionally and mentally improve. Music therapy dates all the way back to the 1700s.
What is music therapy
Music therapy is different from just listening to your favorite song. Music therapy is when a trained health professional uses music to assist with your psychological and emotional needs.
Who benefits from using music therapy
Music therapy can help everyone, especially those with mental health issues, development struggles, Alzheimer’s disease, brain injuries, physical disabilities and substance abuse problems.
How it helps
Music has a great way of easing and helping the mind. Music therapy helps the mind to be able to have better recognition and cognition. Physically music therapy can help the body to be able to work and improve motor skills as well as social skills.
What a session looks like
It is hard to describe what a standard session of music therapy looks like. Each session is tailored to the needs and skills of the individual.
What genre of music is used
Because each session is tailored to the needs of the individual client, the music for sessions can vary. The goals that need to be accomplished and the individual’s preferences in music effects what genre of music is used.
If you want to become a music therapist
If you want to become a music therapist, you can attain a degree in music therapy from 72 accredited universities. After you have completed the degree, an internship and a certification exam you can be certified a music therapist.
Find it in your local area
Music therapists are located throughout the country. You can find a local music therapist in your area by visiting the American Music Therapy Association website.
For more information about music therapy, please visit https://www.musictherapy.org/faq/#187.