Music therapy is a holistic approach to addiction treatment. It incorporates several mental and physical processes to achieve healing and targets a person’s entire well-being rather than the addiction alone.

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy as “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.” Those who undergo music therapy listen to music, create music, or combine both, depending on their needs.

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The Benefits of Music Therapy

Specialists at the AMTA say that this form of treatment helps people of all ages. It assists in the management of emotional, physical, and cognitive problems, including developmental and learning disabilities, mental health needs, Alzheimer’s disease, other aging-related conditions, brain injuries, physical disabilities, acute or chronic pain, and substance abuse problems.

Neuroscientist Kiminobu Sugaya and world-renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani co-teach a course called “Music and The Brain” at The Burnett Honors College. Their course teaches that music can:

  • Increase your intelligence
  • Assist with neurodegenerative disease
  • Reduce seizures
  • Improve your ability to communicate
  • Strengthen your mind
  • Boost your immunities
  • Help you recall memories
  • Help you manage emotions
  • Tap into primal fears
  • Repair brain damage

What Types of Music Therapy Treatments Are Available at Beachway Therapy Center?

We offer two music therapy methods: the active method, which involves playing instruments, and the receptive listening-based method — listening to music chosen by a music therapist for a specific purpose. Music therapy may be administered in an individual or a group setting by using:

Dalcroze Eurythmics: Music as therapy. This focuses on musical structure and rhythm, and the expression is thought to heighten awareness of oneself and is shown to be particularly helpful for people with motor disorders.

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music: This method uses a series of images and background music to help patients work through psychological and physical issues. It opens up the opportunity to discuss the issues they may have and to make them more aware of these problems. The patient’s goals and needs determine the music selection for every session.

Kodaly: Kodaly is a form of music education therapy that teaches music notation, sequence, and rhythm in a therapeutic setting to improve a person’s perceptual function, motor skills, concept formation, and learning abilities.

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT): In the understanding that music directly influences the brain and human behavior, music therapists use this model neuroscience-based model to instigate neurological change with the music.

Orff-Shulwerk: This treatment was named after a woman who used music to help children experiencing developmental disabilities and delays. It uses music to improve the patient’s interactions with the therapists and others in their lives.