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Research Paper: Music Therapy

Abstract

There are many different ways that we benefit from music. Music can inspire better self-esteem, and confidence. It’s a great way to set the mood, and a wonderful tool. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (Gram, 2005). Music therapy can reach out to anyone, age, race, gender it doesn’t matter. Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs can benefit from music therapy. As well as, those who have developmental and learning disabilities, those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions will benefit from music therapy. Along with substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain even mothers in labor the list is almost endless. Music therapy provides an opportunity for anybody to make a relationship with a trained music therapist where aspects of problems or difficulties can be addressed. The music is not an end in itself but is used as a means to an end (Wall, 2009).

Outline
INTRODUCTION
Theses statement: What is music therapy? How does music therapy work? Who does music therapy proclaim to help? Why choose music therapy? These are a few questions that I will address through out this research paper

I. Music Therapy
a. What it is
1. Definition:
2. History:
3. Qualification:

BODY

I. Who benefits from it
b. Children
b. Adolescents
c. Adult

II. Benefits it offers
a. Effective relaxation and stress management
1. Journaling
2. Meditation
3. Yoga

III. How it works
a. Misconceptions
b. Techniques

IV. Why choose music therapy
a. Promote wellness
b. Improve communication
c. Promote physical rehabilitation

CONCLUSION:

With all the ways music affects your body, you can clearly see how music can be used as an effective relaxation and stress management tool, as well as, the many benefits we are able to gain with the use of music. Music therapy…..

Look around you, how many times in one day do you hear or see someone enjoying the sound of music, not the movie but the actual music itself. Music has a way of reaching out to many different individuals. There are many different types of music genres each having a different effect on people. There are many different ways that we benefit from music. What if we mixed the benefits we receive from music and apply that with therapy? We would have music therapy. What is music therapy? How does music therapy work? Who does music therapy proclaim to help? Why choose music therapy? These are a few questions that I will address throughout this research paper. First, let us start with introducing what music therapy is. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (Gram, 2005). The idea of music as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato (Wall, 2009). The 20th century discipline began after World War I and World War II when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veteran’s hospitals around the country to play for thousands of veterans suffering from both physical and emotional trauma from war (Stuckey, 2010). The patients’ notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to request the hiring of musicians by the hospitals. It was soon evident that the hospital musicians needed some prior training before entering the facility and so the...
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