EFFECTS OF MUSIC THERAPY


Sources:
Music Therapy Study Guide by Michael G. McGuire, M.M., MT-BC,
Eastern Michigan University
A Tapestry of Many Voices – 1996 Joint Conference of Music Therapists, Nashville, TN

Fine-tuning physiology including:
Generating endorphins, which promote pleasure and boost the immune system;
Blood pressure;
Heart rate;
Body temperature;
Brain waves;
Stress hormones;
Respiration;
Helping reduce tension and manage stress;
Helping in and through the grieving process;
Helping cope with the dying process;
Facilitating adjustment to permanent changes in ability;
Assisting in assuming responsibility for own healing process;
Using music to change or support nonmusical behaviors;
Helping to improve sensory/motor abilities;
Helping to improve sensory/perceptual abilities;
Increasing general awareness;
Increasing awareness of time and space;
Helping to improve decision making abilities;
Increasing concentration and stamina;
Assisting in controlling impulses;
Assisting in addiction recovery;
Assisting in abuse recovery;
Improving task-specific behaviors (e.g. work songs).

Sources:
Music Therapy Study Guide by Michael G. McGuire, M.M., MT-BC,
Eastern Michigan University
A Tapestry of Many Voices – 1996 Joint Conference of Music Therapists, Nashville, TN

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