WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly can benefit from music therapy, specifically those living with the following:
- Mental Health Needs: Individuals struggling with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other mental health concerns can end fit from music therapy. Music is a non-threatening medium in which clients can work through and express thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it is easier for people to articulate what they think and feel without using words. Music therapy can also assist in finding clarity and breakthroughs for clients who may be struggling to process and understand experiences and feelings. Music therapy with this population can help clients rebuild self-esteem, work through anxieties, and find self-understanding.
- Developmental & Learning Disabilities: Individuals with developmental or learning challenges can also benefit from music therapy. Music therapy interventions can focus on academic skills such as counting and math concepts, identifying colors, sight-words and reading, spelling, and other academic goals. Your music therapist will work with you to create a plan that is individualized to your child’s needs.
- Alzheimer’s Disease & other aging-related conditions: Music therapy with older adults has proven to be effective in multiple ways. Specifically, music therapy can assist with relaxation for older adults who experience stress and agitation. Music therapy also helps to maintain motor and social skills for these adults. One of the most magical benefits of music therapy is called reminiscence. Reminiscence occurs when familiar music brings about moments of lucidity where the client can recall stories and experiences from his or her past. These moments can help facilitate meaningful interaction between the client and his or her family, as well as assist in processing thoughts and feelings related to their condition or diagnosis.
- Physical/Brain Injuries: Music therapy can benefit individuals dealing with a bodily injury or a brain injury. First, music can be beneficial in physical rehabilitation because music is a motivating medium through which to achieve fine and gross motor skills (fine motor such as finger dexterity, gross motor such as gait patterns like walking, jumping, marching, etc.). Music therapy can also be beneficial for individuals with brain injuries. Music is one of few things that requires the use of both sides of the brain. Music can be an effective medium for exercising parts of the brain that have been damaged and working toward regaining lost/affected brain functions.
- Acute & Chronic Pain: Sedative music therapy can be used to alleviate and manage pain experienced by clients. The music therapist utilizes musical components including tempo, volume, and others to mimic the client’s symptoms. Over time, the music therapist uses the musical components to alter the client’s physiological symptoms.