What is Music Therapy and What are its Benefits?

Tune Into Your Potential (TIYP) workshop uses ideas from music therapy as the main focus of the course. This blog will explain what music therapy is and tell you the benefits of it.

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Headphones and Sheet Music

What is Music Therapy?

Music is powerful and we’ve known this since the earliest days of humankind. The need for the profession of ‘Music Therapist’ has become more prominent as time goes on.

Music Therapy is an established psychological intervention which helps people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness, societal issues, or disability. Music Therapy can be used to support or enhance psychological, emotional, cognitive, social needs and more.

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Young Music Therapy Class

Music Therapy can be used throughout a person’s life. From creating healthy bonds with parents as a new-born to boosting young people’s confidence to using it as sensitive palliative care at the end of life.

The way Music Therapy works is that there is a therapeutic relationship that is created and developed through engagement in live musical interaction and play between the learner/client and the therapist/social worker.

How does Tune Into Your Potential use Music Therapy?

Tune Into Your Potential uses the team-building and confidence boosting aspects of music productions to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people within the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, and Carmarthenshire areas.

TIYP Music Tutors help young people (aged 16-25) to produce, write, and sing a unique song. This allows them to get deep thoughts and feelings out of their head and into a fully produced song.

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Recording Lyrics for TIYP Music Therapy Class

The act of creating a song improves the individuals’ confidence by allowing them to meet new people and learn new skills. The participants finish the course with an open mind about their future and their social abilities.

A past participant says: “While I was in the workshop, I interacted with different types of people and was put in situations where I was comfortable enough to come out of my shell...The boost of confidence I felt during the workshop was a stepping stone in the right direction into tackling my social anxiety.”

What are the benefits of taking a music therapy course?

According to Jillian Levy (2017), music therapy allows the individual to:

  1. Reduce anxiety and physical effects of stress.

  2. Improve self-expression, team-work, and communication.

  3. Improving mental and physical healing.

  4. Manage life threatening/affecting diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

  5. Reduce the impact of depression and other mental health issues.

  6. Reduce symptoms of psychological disorders such as schizophrenia.

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Listening to music to reduce anxiety

Other benefits include an increased level of relaxation and pleasure within one’s life. A music therapy course may also unlock a new hobby for the individual and they might feel more meaning in their life.

Would you or someone you know like to take part in a Tune Into Your Potential workshop near you? To find out more please email info@rewiselearning.co.uk, visit https://www.tuneintoyourpotential.co.uk/ or call 05603 684 297.

Did you know you could get paid by doing this workshop? Sign up to be part of the Tune Into Your Potential Film https://www.tuneintoyourpotential.co.uk/sign-up-filming