Overview: What is music therapy?

There is irrefutable scientific evidence to prove that when applied by qualified experts music has the power of healing if not curing a number of mental and physical ailments. It is, therefore, recognized as an allied health profession.

The therapy involves a range of processes that bring into play all the different aspects of music—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual to help clients improve their physical and mental health.

The technique is known to be particularly effective in areas like cognitive function, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life.

Therapists attempt to achieve their treatment goals by using a number of music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music.

The therapy is based on substantial qualitative and quantitative research literature and incorporates clinical therapy, psychotherapy, biomusicology, musical acoustics, music theory, and psychoacoustics, and embodied music cognition, aesthetics of music, sensory integration, and comparative musicology.

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