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  • Coco Zhu

Mindfull X Shield - What is Music Therapy?

Music has a unique and universal ability to touch our hearts, minds, and souls. It transcends language, culture, and time, making it a powerful medium for expression and connection. But did you know that music can also be used as a form of therapy? Enter the world of music therapy, a practice that harnesses the therapeutic potential of music to promote healing, emotional well-being, and personal growth.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is a type of the broader category of art therapy. It is a clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions within a therapeutic relationship to accomplish individual goals mental-wise. Music therapy helps people of all ages (children, adolescents, and adults) and from all walks of life. It may benefit many different aspects of your well-being. Music therapy interventions can address a variety of healthcare & educational goals:

  • Promote Wellness

  • Manage Stress

  • Alleviate Pain

  • Express Feelings

  • Enhance Memory

  • Improve Communication

  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

  • Improve Quality of Life

  • Reducing Stress

Music Therapy is mainly a service constructed by professional healthcare providers, with sessions given in various conditions such as bedside therapy. Although listening to music can be powerful emotionally, music therapy is different from simply listening to music. In fact, a qualified music therapy session requires a therapist to plan and lead the session to accomplish certain personal goals set together by the therapist and the client through an evaluation beforehand.

Types of Music Therapy

Just like other therapy techniques, Music Therapy has different forms to meet the distinct needs of the client. Generally speaking, there are two types of Music Therapy:

  1. Active interventions: In this type of therapy, clients participate in the music-creation process with their therapist. One may sing or play an instrument.

  2. Receptive interventions: On the other hand, clients listen to music that their therapist makes or plays from a recording during Receptive Interventions. This type of therapy is often followed by a discussion between the client and the therapist to process emotions aroused by the music.

Incorporating Music Therapy into Daily Life

While music therapy is often administered by trained professionals, you can also harness the therapeutic benefits of music in your daily life. Here are a few ideas:

  • Mood Enhancement: Create playlists for different moods to boost your emotions or provide relaxation.

  • Stress Reduction: Play calming music during stressful moments to help you unwind and find inner peace.

  • Self-Expression: Try writing song lyrics, playing an instrument, or simply singing your thoughts and emotions.

  • Bonding: Use music to connect with others. Play music with friends, attend concerts, or join a community choir.

  • Mindfulness: Incorporate music into your mindfulness and meditation practices.

Music therapy is a fascinating field that demonstrates the profound impact music can have on our well-being. Whether you're dealing with specific challenges or simply looking to enhance your quality of life, music is a therapeutic and accessible tool that can provide comfort, inspiration, and healing.

Writer: Coco Zhu




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