What is music therapy?
· Music therapy is one of the specialties of art therapy (alongside visual plastic art, dance and movement, drama therapy), which uses music, musical elements (sounds, rhythms, melodies), instruments and creative process in a therapeutic context to improve and enhance the human mental , emotional and physical well-being.
· There is active (creative) and receptive (perception related) music therapy. In active music therapy, people are encouraged to use easy-to-play instruments and singing to express their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and problems. During prescription music therapy, a person plays music.
· In music therapy, the creative process and conversation with the music therapist is important taking into account each person's desires and opportunities for conversation.
· Music therapy takes place in a safe and supportive environment with the presence of a professional music therapist.
Do I need to have a background in music?
· No previous experience or skills in playing musical instruments. The key is the creative and therapeutic process and the experience gained.
· The use of musical instruments and compositions in music therapy differs from the use of music for other purposes because of the difference in the process of making and listening to music and the expected outcome.
How Long is a Music Therapy Session?
· Music therapy sessions last 30/60/90 minutes, depending on the needs and capabilities of each individual.
What happens in music therapy sessions?
· Music therapy sessions for children and adults both individually and in groups.
· Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the individual or group.
Music therapy can address…
· Develop (lost) motor abilities
· Developing fine motor skills
· Expand and restore coordination of movements
· Regain lost speech
· Develop expressive speech
· Promote hearing and language development
· Develop cognitive functions and communication skills
· Develop a sense of body
· Reduce negative emotions (anger, sadness, etc.)
· Reduce behavioral and learning disabilities
· Overcoming experiences or traumatic experiences
· Reduce stress, anxiety and nervousness
· Improve relationships and resolve conflicts
· Raise self-esteem
· Make full use of their resources
Music therapy can help alleviate
· Physical impairment
· Sensors interference
· Behavioral disorders
· Learning disabilities
· Emotional disturbances
· Stress-related neurotic disorders
· Eating disorders, etc.