Implications Of Music Therapy

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Music therapy is a classification of the treatment arts, which focuses on people needing interventions for chronic diseases and dementias (www.musictherapy.org). Many gerontology specialists of the treatment arts collaborate to develop interventions to reduce patients’ pain, anxiety, clinical depression, and healthcare costs. The practice of music therapy has existed since Antiquity (i.e., Samuel 16:14-23). However, after the First World War, music therapy gained attention when doctors observed that war veterans who were listening and playing music were recovering more quickly than veterans who were not listening and playing music. Since 1953, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has grown in popularity as an alternative or supplemental …show more content…
Ambient music: is background music to shape actions and attitudes (Bonds, 2006).
Baby Boomer: is a demographic term for a generation born from 1945 to 1960. Literary references to this generation lack any consensus of upper or lower case spelling and words, which are used interchangeably. (i.e., Baby Boomer, Boomer, baby boomer, boomer, Baby boomer). This manuscript adheres to upper and lower case identifiers.
Community music: is music performed in a public venue both indoors/outdoors and large/small (Bonds, 2006).
Continuity theory: suggests that as people reach midlife and later life, adaptations to the normal aging processes are necessary to avoid physical and mental disease (Atchley, 1971).
Creative arts: refers to writing, music, dance, and visual arts activities that are taught to community residents who are cognitively, and physically
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Problem Statement
Though the participatory arts belong to healthy musicians of all ages, an extremely small amount of research literature is written about them. Likewise, qualitative literature is scarce on phenomenological approaches that are exploratory in nature of PMs’ community music participation, wellness (i.e., physiological, intellectual, emotional, and sociological dimensions), happiness, and quality of life. In relation to PMs’ investment in learning music through the life course, few applied gerontologists explored music and healthy aging, which is fundamental to wellness, happiness, quality of life, and longevity.
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