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Whether it is Haydns string quartet no 66 in G major or a single off the new Dave Mathews album music inherently has the ability to alter the state of our mind and body Music can make us joyful or sad it can make us want to move our body it can stimulate our imagination or even heal us The aforementioned has the ability to change ones state of mind at any given time This essay will examine musics many disciplines and how they motivate our creativity imagination health and culture Whether listening to your favorite piece of music or going to a music therapy clinic music motivates us profoundly In the past decade the practice of music therapy has generally gained a wider acceptance It has been used to treat stroke victims dealing with depression used on children with autism and with people who have suffered spinal injuries to help them walk again It is not necessarily a cure for there ailments it rather motivates their mind allowing other methods to be more successful Music therapy has also been successful in treating children with learning disabilities Obviously this is not used to cure these children of their problems rather it is to stimulate their minds thus enriching their lives Singing can be an experience of arousal for the handicapped child of freedom from the many of confusions and restrictions of pathology He becomes able to use personal capacities with greater consciousness and can experience as a result direct substantial fulfillment In a research project done at a special education school in Philadelphia the out come of music therapy was enlightening The researchers examined three children at the school Eddie Denise and Dianne All three children were observed as being self conscious shy and socially dysfunctional The researchers gave each child a way of expressing themselves musically and followed their progress After giving Eddie a role in a song the
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