What is Music Therapy?

For much of recorded human history, people have used move altering substances as a way of escaping the drudgery of their daily realities.

Whether it’s alcohol, or some type of drug, people use things that appeal to their various senses to act as an escape. The same principle can be applied to our sense of hearing, and music therapy is quickly becoming one of the mainstream ways in which people not only treat the symptoms of mental stagnation, such as depression, but as a way of expanding their musical horizons.

Music therapy can come in a number of forms, and part of the beauty behind it is that it doesn’t require the consultation of any sort of professional therapist in order to be useful. Sometimes the self-help is the strongest kind of help, and in an age where anyone with an Internet connection has a vast musical library at their disposal, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of the benefits.

Have you ever discovered a new album by an artist that you’ve never heard before, and absolutely entranced by the message or melody of the music for the rest of the day? If so, then you’ve just stumbled across one aspect of music therapy.

Sometimes listening to a new type of music that doesn’t normally make it into your regular play list can alter your mood for the better. Perhaps you’re used to listening to some sort of slow rhythm and blues type of music, and you decided change things up and listen to something a bit more upbeat with a better tempo. Before you know it, you might be in a better mood than you were before. It really doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.

Another aspect of music therapy is to actually teach yourself how to play a musical instrument of your choice. It can be a guitar or piano, or anything in between, just as long as you progressively get better over time. You’re killing two birds with one stone in this way, since finding a new hobby that requires you challenge yourself in order to increase your skill level can help keep your mind sharp and focused.

Each time you master a new song on the musical instrument you’ve chosen, it helps you to boost your self-confidence just a little bit. This adds up over time, and can really go a long way toward helping to build up your own self image.

Not only that, but you also get to listen to music of your choice from any artists you like during the course of your practices. A lot of people that have been some state of depression at one point or another in their lives that have taken up music as a hobby have noticed a dramatic increase in their ability to maintain control over their moves.

People that love music and easier time being productive, and generally lead happier lives. Even if music therapy was never recognized as a legitimate aspect of medical science, millions of people of the world who love music would attest to the healing power of song.