The Benefits of Music Therapy

Music motivates us to get up and dance. It beckons us to unwind after a long day. Many renowned musicians have made statements about the power and healing effects of music. Billy Joel once said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity.” Elton John also noted that: “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”

The late legendary crooner Louis Armstrong supported the concept of music and medicine. The Louis Armstrong Foundation supports Beth Israel Medical Center’s Therapy Department, which conducts daily sessions with patients in various areas of the hospital. The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine serves the health care needs of musicians and performing artists, linking performance-related ailments to medical and clinical music therapy services.

In the same way that people speak with psychologists or psychiatrists to obtain help, some seek physical, emotional, cognitive, and social help through the aid of a music therapist. There are also art therapists, who use the process of self-expression and the resulting artwork to assist clients in understanding their emotional conflicts and more.