Essay Music Therapy : Help People With Illnesses

960 Words May 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Music Therapy My paper will show how music therapy has helped society in America. Music therapy is used to help cancer patients, people who have fallen into depression, and people dealing with stress. There are many types of music that is used in music therapy and I will explain all that later on. What is music therapy? Music therapy is an evidence-based use of music interventions to help people with illnesses. Music therapy promotes wellness, manage stress, enhance memory, and alleviate pain.
The profession of music therapy started during World War I and World War II. It was used when soldiers were in the hospital and the nurses needed to distract the soldiers from their traumatic injuries. Soldiers would engage in activities that involved music to focus on relieving pain. When soldiers would engage in these music activities, doctors and nurses would see the effect that music had on soldiers’ psychological, physiological, and emotional state.
In 1950 an organization called the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT) was formed. The organization formed by a collaboration of music therapist who helped veterans, mentally retarded, and people who were visually impaired. In 1998 the National Association for Music Therapy joined together with another organization that was called American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
There are many types of people who seek help with music therapy. People in the military are common patients. Servicemen who come back from war…

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