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What is Music Therapy?

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Elezabeth Lee

on 28 December 2013

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Benefits and Contribution
Music can be beneficial for anyone. It can be used therapeutically for people who have physical, emotional, social, or cognitive deficits. Healthy people can also use music to relax, improve mood, or to reduce stress. There are no repercussions or harmful chemicals used in music therapy.
promote healing
enhance quality of life for their patients.
plan and evaluate treatment for the patients.
Job Description
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is a technique of complementary medicine that uses music prescribed by trained therapists. Prescribed music is designed to help patients overcome physical, emotional, intellectual, and social challenges.
Treatment varies from improving the well being of the patients to lowering the stress level and pain of women in labor.
Music therapy is used everywhere including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and even just in home.
Music therapy includes rhythmic activities, singing, playing, singing, composing, anything related to music.
Work Cited
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What's Next?
Music therapists use creative methods to help patients dealing with physical, emotional, and psychological problems.
Patients vary in age and could be as young as a 2 years old infant to 80 years old seniors. Treatments are based on their knowledge of psychological theories and practices, yet they use music to treat their problems.
A session with a music therapist might include singing, playing instruments, moving to music, composing it, or merely listening to it. Musical activities help the patients express their emotions in a non-verbal and non forceful ways. For example, singing is also used to help people with speech impairments improve their speech and their confidence. Playing instruments helps people with physical disabilities improve their coordination and self-esteem.

Job Description
Music has been used to express, affect, and heal emotions.

During WWI and WWII, music was used to heal the soldiers hospitals from traumatic experiences. It was clearly visible that music had a positive effect on veterans' psychological, physiological, and emotional state. Music was able to heal their injuries.
Since then, music became a complementary healing practice, and musicians were taught how to use music for therapeutic purposes.

- Singing
- Improvising
Music therapists work with patients dealing with mental, physical, learning disabilities, behaviour problems, low self-esteem, and many more. They also help the elderly to maintain their emotional health and mental abilities.
Music Therapists go beyond language, and try to bring the internal struggles and issues to the surface.

Common settings for music therapists include psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, residences for developmentally disabled persons, community mental health centers, nursing homes, etc.

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After High School:
•complete a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.
•Once you have obtained a degree, you can become certified by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT).
Possible Universities in Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Windsor

The future in music therapy is growing rapidly. There are now new advancements and technology of how the brain works with music .Therapists are learning how the brain responds to the music and how musical treatments cure patients.
It will continue to grow because nowadays with all the development of technology, people are worried about all the chemical going into their body, and development of antibiotic resitance bacteria or viruses. Music therapy consists of no pain and no chemical and therefore people become more friendly and attracted towards this field.
In 1944, Michigan State University established the first music therapy degree program in the world.

In High school:
•develop your musical talent by taking courses in both music theory and performance.
•learn few instruments
•Suggested grade 12 courses are: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, Creative Arts, and Health&Physical Education
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