Music can be a powerful tool used to alter the state of mind. Music therapy interventions can be designed to facilitate self-expression, promote relaxation and improve communication. To many it may bring tranquility, reduce anxiety and fear and alleviate pain.
It may help patients cope with negative emotions by reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Prior musical background is not required in order to participate in a music therapy session. The patient can be active or receptive during this process.
During the session, the therapist provides the patient with music therapy techniques, which allow the patient to be more active (i.e. by playing a musical instrument) or more receptive (i.e. when the therapist is doing guided meditation using the instruments).
Kandia Bouzioti, MA, AVPT
Music Therapist, Music & Vocal Psychotherapist