The Rise of Music Therapy

by Maddie Bruno

Why I Support Music Therapy, and Why You Should Too

Music Therapy has a very broad list of uses. You can find a music therapist working in almost every area of the medical field. More recently, however, we have witnessed its helpfulness expand. I strongly believe music therapy will become increasingly beneficial in the years to come. If you are interested and want to learn more, you can check out http://www.musictherapy.org/ .

The Science Behind Music Therapy

Music therapy has been around for centuries. It is generally used to help the client with cognitive functioning, communication, motor skills and many more. The therapist will work with the client in one of two forms, active or receptive. In active therapy, the patient will work with the therapist to make music, whether it be with instruments, their voice, or something else. Receptive therapy is when the patient is exposed to music and is free to draw, meditate or just listen. These forms of therapy mainly activate Broca's area of the brain, which regulates the process of sequencing physical movements along with along with tracking musical rhythms, and is critical for converting thoughts into words. The music being made/being listened to helps to repair this section of the brain.

The First Systematic Experiment in Music Therapy

In 1899, neurologist James Leonard Corning performed a study to treat patients with sleep disorders and mild behavioral disorders. Results found that during pre-sleep and sleep, cognitive processes became dormant, and could be penetrated by musical vibrations. These seemed to eliminate the morbid thoughts and influence positive emotions in his patients.