Music Therapy Is Legit

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I am delighted to have attended the 2018 Music Therapy Conference at Capilano University. Not many people understand how we, music therapists, can assist clients through music therapy. Those who do not know of its essence laugh at our face and say, “Hey, you’re ripping us off!” But what is music therapy anyway? Can it help a person with his mental health?

To make it simple, let me ask you something. Who is your favorite artist (singer), and what is that song that you like so much which this artist is singing? I will answer that as it aids in my explanation. My favorite singer is Sade, or Helen Folasade Adu, in real life, and she is a British artist singing songs in the soul/jazz/funk/Afro genre. My favorite song of hers is “Kiss of Life.” Every time I feel down, I tap Spotify and look for this song. I listen to the lyrics, and it keeps me going.

 

There must have been an angel by my side

Something heavenly led me to you

Look at the sky

It’s the colour of love

There must have been an angel by my side

Something heavenly came down from above

He led me to you

He led me to you

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Isn’t that refreshing? It makes me smile. It makes me feel alive. It makes me want to dance my sorrows away. Now, isn’t that what your favorite artist and favorite song do to you too? It can be any song, any artist and any genre, as long as it is music. Music is free expression, and it is one of the best therapies you can use to align your mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical health.

 

Those with music therapy certification can assist people with emotional disorders, children with ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder, those with physical disabilities, and many more. It might seem a little far-fetch for you, but music can tame your soul and bring about a relaxation of the mind and the body. And this is what the therapy is all about. For your whole being to be free of negativity, doubt, and troubles.