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Music Therapy Music is a one of the way of self-expression and communication in one of the most admirable levels of one's life. Music with human beings has been existed for a long time in a very different shape and way. The most important aspect of music is that it can be used as an emotional exit for people who have trouble in expressing themselves in words. Music aids build connections and support in learning and in communicating. Therefore, music has been used for medical treatment stated as Music Therapy. Canadian Association for music therapy (CAMT) defines Music Therapy as "Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development." The use of Music Therapy as a healing procedure is an ancient practice (Buzzle.com, 2004). The reference can be found in Biblical Scriptures (Ibid.). Native Americans accepted as true in the efficiency of music in therapeutic both the body and the soul, and made it a vital part of their curing ceremonies (Ibid.). ...read more.


All human behavior comes from human brain which is the most complex structure in universe. Human brain includes about 100 billion neurons, and linked with up to 10,000 synaptic connections each. Music has an effect on the amplitude and frequency of brain waves, which can be measured by an electro-encephalogram (Brain & Mind, 1999). The research has found that music therapy affects the brainwave by resonating in sync with the different types of beat (About.Com, 2007). Faster beats of music brings sharper concentration and more alert thinking (Ibid.). On the other hand, slower tempo of music brings calm and meditative state to brainwave (Ibid.). Also, these brainwave activity levels can enable the brain to shift speeds simply on its own as wanted (Ibid.). Amazingly, the research proves that music affect human memory. For example, Mozart's music and baroque music with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, make active the left and right brain; the instantaneous activity of left and right brain maximizes the learning and memorizing of information (Brain & Mind, 1999). Also, singing and playing instruments activates left and right brain at the same time, so that it helps to be more able of processing information (Ibid.). The brainwave affects other bodily functions such as breathing and heart rate can be altered by music therapy (About.Com, 2007). ...read more.


Definitely, music in my life is one of the big parts to support and help me to live a better life. It was a great time to study music with you. The music that you've played in class was absolutely fantastic (I.e. jazz and classic). I wish I could play a piano like you. When I hear a song or beautiful piece, I feel like I want to play by myself. However, it was not that easy. I forgot all the codes, and it takes time to re-play fluently. I wish I could play duo with you when I come back in 6th semester! Maybe impossible. Thank you! Reference About.Com (2007) Music and Your Body: How Music Affects Us and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health. Internet. http://stress.about.com/od/tensiontamers/a/music_therapy.htm. Accessed 05/05/09 Brain & Mind (1999) Music and the brain. Internet. http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html. Accessed 05/05/09 Buzzle.com (2004) Music Therapy. Internet. http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/10-29-2004-60949.asp.Accessed 28/04/09 Canadian Association for Music Therapy (2006) Music Therapy-What is Music Therapy?. Internet. http://www.musictherapy.ca/musictherapy.htm#whatis. Accessed 28/04/09 Clifford K. Madsen (2009) A behavioral approach to Music Therapy. Internet. http://www.ejournal.unam.mx/cem/vol01-02/cem02102.pdf. Accessed 05/05/09 Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (2009) About Creative Music Therapy. Internet. http://www.nordoff-robbins.com.au/Contents.asp?ID=17. Accessed 05/05/09 The Rebecca Center (2009) Analytical Music Therapy. Internet. http://www.therebeccacenter.org/amt.html. Accessed 05/05/09 Voices (2001) Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy - A New Avenue for Communication Among Music Therapy Communities. Internet. http://www.voices.no/mainissues/mitext11kennystigea.html. Accessed 05/05/09 ?? ?? ?? ?? 6 ...read more.

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