Therapeutic Uses of Music

 

 Music stimulates and utilizes many parts of the brain - it captivates and maintains attention.
  1. Music is an effective motivator.
  2. Music provides a safe, structured setting for verbal and non-verbal communication.
  3. Music uses sounds and silences to structure time in an understandable way.
  4. Music provides both structure and freedom through the use of form and improvisation.
  5. Music provides a meaningful, enjoyable context for repetition.
  6. Music activities encourage social interactions.
  7. Music is an effective memory aid.
  8. Music supports and encourages movement.
  9. Music taps into memories and emotions.
  10. Music provides nonverbal, immediate feedback.
  11. Music activities are easily adapted to each person's abilities.
  12. Music interventions can be designed to be success-oriented.
  13. Music uses concrete concepts that are easily demonstrated and understood - fast & slow, up & down, loud & soft, long & short, etc.
  14. Music activities utilize many senses at the same time to enhance the learning experience - hearing, seeing and feeling.