What are the benefits of music therapy?
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in six areas: psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive and social.
- Music can call up repressed (bottled up) emotions that may then be released.
- Music can lessen feelings of isolation.
- Improved mood.
- Decreased depression.
- Anxiety reduction.
- Stress management.
- Music can affect the body by changing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure and respiration (breathing) rate.
- Improved motor development or processing.
- Relaxation and/or improved sleep.
- It can physically stimulate conscious or unconscious body movements, such as toe tapping or large body movements, and improved gait (walking) and speech.
- Management of and/or distraction from pain.
- Reduced asthma episodes.
- Reduced pain.
- Help premature infants with weight gain and sleep.
- Help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their motor functions.
- Music can open the door spiritually and allow you and your family the opportunity to explore your own spiritual beliefs.
- Music can provide an increased sense of control.
- Coping skills.
- Lessen the effects of dementia.
- Music can bring people together socially, not just at large gatherings such as parties, weddings, or funerals, but in more informal, intimate, shared experiences, like a hospital room
- Help autistic children improve communication.