music healing research
therapeutic music IS AN ESTABLISHED HEALTH PROFESSION IN WHICH MUSIC IS USED WITHIN A THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP TO ADDRESS EMOTIONAL, COGNITIVE, AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS.
Music has been used as a functional tool for many millennia, for rituals and rites, for celebrations, for creation and for healing. The strong effect of music has been recognized by many philosophers, priests and even governments. Thousands of years ago, philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates understood the tremendous influence music had on its listeners.
Therapeutic music can be used in a general way, since most music can be seen as being therapeutic in one way or another, but in the official sense of the term therapeutic music refers to a certain type of music to be played at the bedside of an ailing patient to heal and alleviate suffering.
What kind of music is “therapeutic”? Most simply, it is music that alleviates a physical, emotional, or mental concern.
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.