It’s believed that music has been used since practically the beginning of time to help humans deal with difficult feelings and better connect to one another.
What is music therapy?
According to the American Music Therapy Association, “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.”
Whether you need help socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally, or developmentally, music can help you get better.
So here are top 8 brain-based reasons why music works in therapy:
1. Music is a core function in our brain
Our brain is primed early on to respond to and process music. We don’t yet know why, but our brains are wired to respond to music, even though it’s not “essential” for our survival.
2. Our bodies entrain to rhythm
Our bodies entrain to rhythm. Our motor systems naturally entrain, or match, to a rhythmic beat. It’s how we dance to music, tap our foot to a rhythm, and walk in time to a beat.
3. Children respond readily to music
Children learn through music, art, and play, so it’s important to use those mediums when working with children in therapy.他们通过音乐、艺术和玩耍来学习，所以在治疗中使用这些媒介是很重要的。
4. Music taps into our emotions
Have you ever listened to a piece of music and smiled? Or felt sad? Whether from the music itself, or from our associations with the music, music taps into our emotional systems. 你有没有听过一段音乐，然后会微笑或感到难过?无论是从音乐本身，还是从我们与音乐的联系中，音乐都触及了我们的情感系统。
5. Music enhances learning
Music is an effective mnemonic device and can “tag” information, not only making it easy to learn, but also easy to later recall.
6. Music taps into our memories
Have you ever been driving, heard a song on the radio, then immediately been taken to a certain place, a specific time in your life, or a particular person? Music is second only to smell for it’s ability to stimulate our memory in a very powerful way.
7. Music is a social experience
Our ancestors bonded and passed on their stories and knowledge through song, stories, and dance. Many of our music experiences are shared with a group, whether playing in band or an elementary music class, listening to jazz at a restaurant, or singing in church choir.
8. Music is predictable
Music is predictable, structured, and organized–and our brain likes it! Even sound waves that make up a single tone or an entire chord are organized in mathematical ratios–and our brains really like this predictability and structure.
Music has certainly proved its incredible effect on many aspects of our lives. From healing to enhancing, music has undeniably reached and connected with the souls of many.
(left to right) Shawn Pimental, Keali’i Reichel, Dana Leong
This is why many musicians cotinuously incoporated healing into their creations. in March 2018, Dana Leong and like-minded musicians, Grammy Nominated Hawaii artist Keali’i Reichel, renowned singer Rimi Natsukawa and music producer Shawn Pimental worked together on their shared mission of healing music. They met up while on tour in Japan.
这就是为什么许多音乐家们在他们的作品中不断地将疗愈的方式融入到他们的作品中。2018年3月，Dana Leong和志同道合的音乐家Keali’i Reichel，Rimi Natsukawa和Shawn Pimental 一起合作，完成了治愈音乐的共同使命。他们是在日本巡演时相遇的。
(left to right) Dana Leong, Rimi Natsukawa, Shawn Pimental