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7 Benefits of Music Therapy

Jul 17, 2015 | Posted in News

Listening and playing music is a way for many of us to relax and unwind from the world around us. Music Therapy, a research based field that uses the properties of music can stir a person at the core, bringing out and honoring the real person behind the cancer diagnosis and allowing for more freedom of self-expression.

Learn seven ways how attending a music therapy class can benefit you:

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Creative Expression

As we all know, music allows you to be creative in many ways – playing instruments, singing, movement, and lyric writing to name a few. In a music therapy setting you can do all of these. Music can offer support and comfort on an emotional level to help you tell your story in a healthy, encouraging, and fun way with all of your favorite songs without any experience needed!

Elevate Your Mood

Did you know that 15 minutes of singing a day can increase your mood? Singing releases endorphins similar to those when you exercise, making you feel happy and rejuvenated after belting out your favorite tune. Music isn’t just all about singing though. In a music therapy setting you may also participate in music listening, drum circles, movement to music, musical games, and guided imagery. All of these activities are structured for you to encourage those “feel good” vibes.

A Sense of Belonging

In a music therapy group, you have the chance to create a music-making ensemble with a group of friends. By creating your own music with simple songwriting techniques or learning to play along to your favorite songs, music therapy can create a safe community for your personal expression. Group playing and singing can help you feel more connected and supported as you travel through life’s mysteries.

Exercise Mind, Body, and Spirit

Music can exercise both sides of the brain at once making it perfect to keep your mind active and sharp. Playing instruments or doing simple stretches to music can help you stay active in a simple way without even noticing. Guided imagery and lyric analysis are great tools to explore your current emotions and express your inner thoughts in a creative, relaxed environment. Whatever the activity may be, you can be assured that it is beneficial to becoming a stronger and healthier you!

Increase your confidence

Have you always wanted to learn how to play an instrument? In a music therapy session, you can! By making music with a music therapy group, you can learn simple drumming rhythms or the notes on a keyboard. Learning new music can help you feel more confident in a relaxed learning environment, where music doesn’t have to be perfect or professional to sound good.

Manage stress

Music can help you manage the daily tension you feel. Whether it’s pounding on a drum, jamming out to a familiar tune, or participating in a deep breathing exercise, a music therapy session can help distract your mind and give yourself a break.

Better Quality of Life

After combining all of these benefits, music therapy’s biggest goal is to increase your quality of life and happiness. Customized to your personal goals and musical preferences, music therapy is one way to help you feel better in a non-judgmental setting where you can express yourself, learn a new hobby, or just manage your stress in a fun, relaxed way.

Register for RCC’s Music Therapy Class Today!

Article by: Danielle Lesik, RCC Music Therapy Intern, Mercyhurst Student

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