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Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a group or individual and use the power of music to help people deal with feelings they cannot put into words. Music can be used to achieve therapeutic goals through the development of the musical and therapeutic relationship. There is no pre-requisite to ‘be musical’ to engage in music therapy. A variety of activities are employed, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and visual aids and is appropriate for people of all ages
Music therapy touches all aspects of the mind, body, brain and behaviour because music can provide a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, and it can alter our mood, which in turn can influence behavior.
Music therapy is a psychological therapy that aims to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction.
A wide range of instruments can be used, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Using music in this way, will enable clients to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves using a wide range of musical styles and genres including free improvisation to offer appropriate, sensitive and meaningful music interaction. Music therapy can be particularly helpful when emotions are too confusing to express verbally. This could be because of communication difficulty or when words are too much or not enough. Music therapy will help clients through emotional or mental problems, learning and/or physical disabilities, developmental disorders, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions or physical illnesses.