Music has always been a source of healing for me. It’s usually not used for entertainment for me but sometimes it is. Music evokes emotions that help me heal when I’m suffering. When I hear a song that describes what I’m feeling it pierces my heart and the tears start to flow. The consistent beat and rhythmic sounds create a sense of safety for me. Everything just doesn’t seem as hard if I’m listening to a song that means something to me. It can create a connection that I can’t really explain between me and the person singing and I don’t feel so alone through what I’m experiencing. It brings me peace when there’s so much chaos around me and it lifts my spirit when I’m depressed. There’s just something about meaningful and deep songs that are so powerful and healing for me.
This sparked my interest in music therapy. I’ve never tried it but I decided to look it up today. Basically, there are two types. One is active and the other is passive. The therapist will play soothing music so you can visualize peaceful images and reflect on your thoughts, emotions, and sensations during passive music therapy. I think this could benefit a lot of people because so many of us can relate and heal through music just by listening to it in headphones in or in our car or whatever. Having a professional use it as a tool to help you work through hard emotions and heal would be so valuable. During active music therapy you and the therapist play instruments together, sing and use your bodies to make music. It’s highly interactive. Rhythmic and melodic components of music are used to create stimuli to help you reveal and deal with a specific emotion like loneliness, joy, grief, gratitude, sadness, and frustration.
Many studies have proven that music can decrease symptoms of depression, relieve stress, and reduce negative thoughts and states of mind. These benefits come from increasing your self-acceptance and confidence, self-awareness and expression, stimulation of speech, motor integration, and a sense of belonging and community. If this isn’t enough to spark your interest at least then I don’t know what will haha! I hope I can try music therapy soon and if you connect to music in the way that I do then get out there and try this type of therapy! What if it changes your life in a positive way? If you want more information on music therapy in a logical way then read Music Therapy: Understanding the Science of Sound by Lisabeth Fauble. If you want to learn about through stories and emotional appeal then I would read Six-Month Chrysalis compiled by Sarah R. Sendlbeck. That one is stories, insights, and lessons from 20 years of music therapy experiences so it applies to aspiring music therapists more but I would rather learn through stories and emotions when it comes to something I don’t know much about!