Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy Group

Music therapy is a real life form of treating and improving your health problems and falls under the category of guitarists health issues. It is not limited to guitarists only , read on…

What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a proven treatment backed by extensive clinical testing using music to accomplish individual goals by a trained professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It is an established health service much like occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music to address physical, psychological and social problems. Because music therapy is a powerful and enjoyable medium, unique outcomes are possible.

How Does Music Therapy Make a Difference for Persons with Mental Health Needs?
Music therapy is a valid treatment for persons who have social, information gathering and communicative needs. The results and clinical experiences prove the worth of music therapy even in those who are not responsive to other treatments. Music is a
method of stimulating the senses and provokes responses due to the familiarity and feelings of confidence associated with the music choice itself. Music therapy for folks with mental health concerns uses musical interaction as a path of communication and expression. The aim of therapy is to help individuals develop relationships and address issues they may not be able to address using words alone. Music therapy sessions include the use of active music making, music listening, and discussion.

What do Music Therapists Do?
Music therapists use musical strategies, both instrumental and vocal, which are designed to
make changes that are non-musical in nature. Musical selections and certain active music making
activities are often modified for client preferences and personal needs, such as song selection and music type may vary. Music therapy programs are based on individual diagnosis, treatment planning, and ongoing evaluation.

What can be expected from a musical therapy?

  1. promote wellness
  2. manage stress
  3. alleviate pain
  4. express feelings
  5. enhance memory

What Outcomes have been established in Music Therapy?

  1. Reduced muscle tension
  2. Improved self image
  3. Decreased anxiety & agitation
  4. Increased verbalization skills
  5. Enhanced personal relationships
  6. Improved group or band closeness
  7. Increased motivation
  8. Improved and safe emotional release
  9. Better communication
  10. Enhances physical rehabilitation.

Realistically speaking, musicians have subconsciously been aware of the benefits of music on the psychie for many years. Listening to my favorite music captivates me and takes my mind off everything else. Playing music is even more therapeutic because I go into another state of mind called the ‘zone’. Basically putting me in a spot where I’m only aware of what I’m doing at the time. Another benefit of ‘zoning’ is that my mind feels invigorated after a good session.

Electric guitars are not mentioned as an instrument used in music therapy, however classical music, which can be played on a classical guitar is a viable tool. Every patient treated with music therapy may respond to a different type of music, so we can’t rule out the electric guitar, since it has a positive effect on the people who listen to it and the guitar players who play it.

Most of us don’t realize how therapeutic a good concert or hearing a good band is. We noticed that when we don’t have music playing while blogging at Guitar Players Center the mood is quieter and there is less production and creative thinking happening, than when our favorite music is in the back ground.

How does music affect you? Leave us a comment on music therapy or feel free to Share It. Enjoy.

9 Responses to The Power of Music Therapy and Your Mental Health

  1. “The Power of Music Therapy and Your Mental Health” – As one who is playing the guitar…well practicing, I have to admit that I feel a lot better when I am playing. The next best thing is reading and blogging about it. Great post and always a fan.

  2. Thanks very much. I like your site also.

  3. Great post Danny… As you may be aware, I had a heart attack last year. Diet and exercise play an important part in my recovery, but I always considered music my ultimate therapy… I truly believe the role professional music therapists play, as music is such an emotional and motivating force. Thanks for writing this important piece, I really enjoyed it!

  4. The Blues Blogger,

    I am sorry to hear about your heart attack and hope that all is better. Like this site: http://www.guitarplayerscenter.com/blog, I am now a follower of yours. From what little I have seen, you have some great stuff. For both sites, I will make sure that I point others your way.

  5. I’m with you!!!! We all need to find healthy ways to cope! You’re on to something big!

  6. Mike,

    Thanks for the kind words… A little over a year has passed since that horrible day. Today, I feel fantastic!!! I’ve lost 55 pounds.(This is a good thing) I continue to exercise and eat better. As well, I have generated a creative spark that I ignored for over 20 years…

    Music has been the motivating force to that change in lifestyle. It’s articles such as this one that really hit home… I will check out your site this weekend.

    Thanks Again,

    -tbb

  7. Mental Health is usually neglected from many people. They think that their problems are not so important than everything else, so this may cause big problems to them later.

  8. Dear friends, I’m an electric guitar player and I always loved this instrument. Now I feel a little weird, because I am reading things about Music Therapy and I want to know more about it. I am interested in how the sound of distortion affects our body and our molecules. Is it posible that some instruments could be healthier than others? The real thing is that when I hear my favourite guitar player, Steve Vai, I like a lot of things about him: his philosophy, the positive sound of his music… What I always ask myself after I hear a kind of music is: Do I really feel better after hearing it? When I hear Steve Vai, I feel better with some songs, and others sounds to me too much agressive but the gave me strenght and energy. Is distortion healthy? Thanks!

  9. Bass Guitar:-Used to keep the beat-Usually doesnt chgane his tempoGuitar:-Plays the actuall music-Usualy does chgane his tempo-Best bet for beginersElectric Guitar:-Trickier then an acoustic guitar-Need an amp.-Has same purpose as normal acoustic guitarOverall:And acoustic guitar is better for beginers because it is easier to play. Unlike an electric, there is no need for an amp. and is overall cheaper. Also, when you know how to play the acoustic guitar, you will still need to learn a little about an electric one. Its like playing a violin, then moving onto a chelo. You know for the most part, what to do, but still must practice a little.

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