Music TherapyBy Tamaris Cooper Staff Writer

Music is very important in our everyday lives. Besides the enjoyment of music, music offers creativity and expression for all ages. In my opinion I think Music is a great way to keep people happy at all times. According to Webster’s Dictionary, music is Melody and harmony generally, and a science or art of pleasing, expressive, or intelligible combination of tones. I believe that music can heal the body with great pleasure at all times which is called Music Therapy. According to the American music therapy program, Music therapy is the clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can be designed to do many things such as promote wellness, Manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, Enhance memory, improve communications, and promote physical rehabilitation.

If you are interested in getting a job as a music therapist, there are qualifications that you need to take into consideration. According to the American Music therapy association, the personal qualifications of a music therapist include a genuine interest in people and a desire to help others empower themselves. The essence of music therapy practice involves establishing caring and professional relationships with people of all ages and abilities, Empathy, patience, creativity, imagination, an openness to new ideas, and understanding of oneself are important attributes. Because music therapist are musicians as well as therapists, a background in and love of music is also essential. Individuals who are also considering a career in music therapy are advise to gain experience through volunteer opportunities or summer work in nursing homes, camps for children with disabilities, and other settings which serve the need of people with disabilities. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the clients abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of his or her life. If you love music and making people happy, becoming a music therapist might be a great job for you.

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