Music is an age-old ‘art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony’. Music is universal in its appeal and people of all cultures create and enjoy vocal and instrumental music.
The therapeutic effects of music have been researched extensively. It is known that music helps in calming and relaxation, improves mood and makes people happy, has a positive impact on the confidence and self-esteem of people, reduces pain and strengthens a person’s ability to cope with stress.
Having recognized these benefits, music therapists employ music and all of its facets – physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual – to help clients improve their physical and mental health. Music therapy is now a recognized therapeutic form and one of the expressive therapies.
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, and lyric discussion. Music therapy gives children and young people an enjoyable, supportive and creative environment where they can express themselves and stimulate important areas of growth and development.
AVM – Bandra East