For most people, music is an important part of daily life. Whether it is some music to get them through the morning commute or if it is a turned up playlist to stay pumped during a workout. Many of us use music to get us through the daily chores or just to sing as loudly as we can in the car. But if you like music, you know it can make an important difference in how you’re feeling. Music is often linked to mood. A certain song can make us feel happy, sad, energetic, or relaxed. Because music can have such an impact on a person’s mindset and well-being, it should come as no surprise that music therapy has been studied for use in managing numerous medical conditions.
What Happens at Music Therapy
Music therapy is not a prescriptive therapy. A session may incorporate a number of different elements. For example, it may involve making music for some, writing songs, or just listening to music it really depends on the individual. The goal may be, to encourage a patient to express emotion, to help relieve a patient’s anxiety to help improve a patient’s mood, and/or to enhance the quality of life if the patient’s coping with illness.
It isn’t necessary for the patients to have any musical ability to benefit from music therapy.