In Western countries, Music Therapy is part of the professional medical supporting team. It is categorized under Creative Art Therapies (other therapies, e.g. Art Therapy, Drama Therapy and Play Therapy).
Music therapy is a clinical way of using professional music and musical elements to intervene, by a registered music therapist, which establishes relationships between the therapist and participants, in order to achieve various therapeutic goals.
Music therapists use a variety of musical skills, together with psychological, counseling and other theoretical knowledge, we design suitable music activities for participants, encourage participant’s emotional, physical and social well-being.
Music Therapy focuses on the process of treatment, rather than the merits of aesthetical musicianship. Participants do not need to have any musical background.
Music Therapy Settings
J.A.m. provides in-house and outreach therapy services incl.
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions, disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time.
A change in personality. If someone is acting like a very different person, or not acting or feeling like themselves, this is a warning sign.
Uncharacteristic anxiety, anger, or moodiness.
Social withdrawal and isolation
Lack of self-Care or risky behaviours
A sense of hopelessness or feeling overwhelmed.
How does Music Therapy support this group of client?
Music therapy, a therapist uses music to address physical, emotional, and social needs of an individual. Listening and creating music within a therapeutic context allows individuals to express themselves in nonverbal ways. The interplay of melody, harmony, and rhythm stimulate the senses of a person and promote calmness by slowing down the breath, heart rate, and other bodily functions. Musical engagement, especially when combined with talk therapy, boosts levels of the hormone dopamine, which plays a role in the reward-motivation behavior. The kind of music used is usually tailored to the needs of the participant. It is common to employ several combinations of music.
During the sessions, participants could:
have a safe and comfortable environment for free emotional expressions
write up songs and lyrics for emotion sharing
use musical interaction when word fails
self- reflection and meditations via music listening