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Music Therapy Music therapy is the prescribed use of music and musical interventions in order to restore maintain and improve emotional physical physiological and spiritual health and well-being So one finds the selections under the New AgeRelaxation section of the record store about as relaxing as water torture Just because ones taste runs more to Sousa than to soothing doesnt mean one cant reap all these relaxation benefits music is supposed to have Music therapy works primarily by changing moods which alters brain chemistry This can have many effects--making concentration easier easing anxiety and fostering patience Music as the old saying goes has charms to soothe the savage beast It can improve a persons psychological cognitive and social functioning--especially when it has familiar lyrics that evoke pleasant memories and a strong repetitive beat that makes it easy to follow along Rhythm is there in the cycles of the seasons in the migrations of the birds and animals in the fruiting and withering of plants and in the birth maturation and death of ourselves--Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead Music Therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness between isolation and interaction between chronic pain and comfort between demoralization and dignity--Barbara Crowe It lifts us from our frozen mental habits and makes our minds move in ways they ordinarily cannotwhen the sound stops we fall back into our mental wheelchairs-- Ok we heard what musicians had to say about music but what about the scientic aspect Music therapy benefits many types of people such as the mentally ill abused terminally ill developmental learning disabled and academic learning disabled The goals of music therapy include improving self-esteem improving social interactions with peers increasing participation developing coping skills reducing stress anxiety creating a non-abusive lifestyle decreasing fear decreasing pain and behavior management just to name a few Almost all children respond to music Music is an open-sesame and if you can use it carefully and
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