Music Therapy On Traditional Counseling Practices Essay

1474 Words May 13th, 2016 6 Pages
93% of American citizens listen to music according to Music 360 2014. With, on average, 25 hours per week devoted to this activity, does it have any alternate uses other than for pure enjoyment? The answer is yes, with music therapy. “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” (American Music Therapy Association). Music therapy is not just listening to music. It may involve, listening, creating, singing, and/or dancing. According to the American Music Therapy Association, Music therapy is an alternative to traditional healing techniques, and it can be used with multiple disorders or illnesses such as, Depression, Alzheimer’s, stress, and recovery from surgery. How could a thing as simple as sound help major illnesses that we deal with on a daily basis? According to Jamie Ducharme,
The therapy builds on traditional counseling practices by incorporating, depending on the patient’s needs and interests, things like instrument playing, singing, and listening to music, helping to unleash creativity, reduce discomfort, and enhance the overall experience of being in the hospital.

According to Merzenich, this technique is said to work so consistently because the human brain has reacted to music since the day it came out of the womb. Before children are even able to form a sentence, they can…

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