Informative Speech About Music Therapy

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Cancer patients, children with disabilities, schizophrenics, and so many more individuals are being positively affected by music therapy. They are seeing significant changes in their everyday lives. Music is a very important aspect of today’s society and studies are showing that Music Therapy can significantly impact mental, physical, and emotional health.

I Music has been around for generations and it continues to grow even in today’s society. Without music, most would agree life would be dry. When music is playing, its purpose is to put individuals in the mood by bringing out their emotions. That means playing upbeat music at a party to get everyone having a good time or playing slow, soft music when it’s time to wind down and relax.
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Music therapy is the “Use of music and musical elements by a Music Therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, and emotional health.” -Music Therapy association of BC. After a music therapist considers the strengths, weaknesses, and overall needs of each client, they provide the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. “Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other to other areas of their lives. Music Therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.” -American Music Therapy Association. Music can be a tool for rehabilitation and remediation. For instance, the rhythmic drive in music can help patients who may have trouble moving due to an accident, stroke, parkinson’s disease, etc, initiating movement. In addition, other music such as the waltz, can improve cadence, stride, and foot placement. This is helping clients get back on their feet in a fun, uplifting Music Therapy …show more content…
Chris Stephan was your average high school student. He was seventeen, popular, athlete, and he loved spending time with his friends, until his life took a dramatic change of course. Chris was in a severe car accident that left him in a coma. Chris was so heavily injured that “Any little thing that Chris has been able to relearn or accomplish has been celebrated with joy and renewed with happiness.” Chris’s diagnosis was a “diffuse axonal brain injury” which means that his brain was not able to send appropriate signals to the body. According to his doctors, there was no cure. Just when it seemed like there was no hope for Chris, his parents looked into Music Therapy and started to schedule him sessions regularly in hope it would help his speech, gait, tremor, and behavioral problems, “The music therapy sessions are helping to make his voice stronger and louder as they sing songs and do breath support exercises with music. His walking has become more rhythmic and faster as he practices walking to the rhythm of music.” Chris describes music as a “breath of fresh air”. Once again, the power music can have on us is something truly

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