Music Therapy

Benefits of Music Therapy on Mental Health

The Psych Talk

Music therapy has been found to improve mental and emotional health. Symptoms of depression and anxiety are often decreased with the use of music. Music therapy can also help lift the mood and improve the quality of life of those with physical health issues.

Music therapy has been defined as ‘an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music and all of its facets to help patients to improve, restore or maintain health’ (Bruscia1991). Music therapy can be broadly categorised as either ’Active’, in which people re-create, improvise or compose music, or ’Receptive’, in which they listen to music (Bruscia 1998).

Autism:

One study found that active music therapy sessions could be of aid in improving autistic symptoms, as well as personal musical skills in young adults with severe autism. (Boso, Emanuele, Minazzi, Abbamonte, & Politi, 2007). Specifically, it may help improve communication skills in children with an autistic spectrum…

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