What Is Music Therapy?
The therapist uses a variety of techniques that might include instrument playing, singing, relaxation to recorded music, song writing, and improvisation.
A music therapist needs to be responsive and adaptable to each patient’s unique needs and situation. A specific selection of music might effect one person in a very different way than it effects another person.
- People can also use specific music for different purposes (i.e. music to stimulate physical activity verses music for relaxation).
- A cold and unfamiliar hospital room can be warmed instantaneously by music.
- A person home-bound by illness can use music to address issues of pain or loneliness.