Music Therapy And Its Effectiveness

1269 WordsJun 1, 20156 Pages
Musical therapy is a precise, evidence-based use of music to help accomplish certain goals or objectives in a therapeutic setting. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation, increasing people 's motivation to become more involved in their treatment, giving emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an way for expression of their feelings to others. Musical therapy in a more detailed descriptions is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic setting to address physical, emotional, subjective, and social needs of individuals. After figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of a client, the music therapist…show more content…
The Certification Board for Music Therapists is the association that distributes said certificates, to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice at the current level of the music therapy. The purpose of having to require this certificate is to create a even measurement across the country on what should be expected of musical therapists as a whole. There is a code of ethics for musical therapists and section three, paragraph one reads, “The welfare of the client will be of utmost importance to the MT” ("Code of Ethics." American Music Therapy Association. Nov. 2014. Web. 20 May 2015. .) The idea of music as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior in a positive way can be traced back to being practiced in 357 B.C. Music was always thought to release bad energy from the body. The 20th century researchers officially began after World War I and World War II when musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veterans hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma from the wars. The patients ' obviously physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to hire or ask musicians to continue coming in and playing for the
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