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Impact Of Music Therapy On Mental Health

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

Music therapy is the clinical application of music to achieve customized goals such as stress reduction, mood enhancement, and self-expression. It is a well-known proof-centric therapy in the medical world. Hearing, performing, playing instruments, and producing music are all examples of music therapy activities. It is not necessary to have any musical abilities or capabilities to join. Basically, music has been shown to activate brain locations such as the mesolimbic area and the nucleus accumbens, the brain's reward center, which has been linked to real-life experiences and emotions. Pain perception, relaxation, blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate are some of the psychophysiological characteristics that are influenced by music.

How music therapy works for mental disorders!

As mentioned in the National Alliance of Mental Illness, the following are the tools

used to cure mental health through music therapy.

Lyric Analysis

While talk therapy allows people to talk about tough things, the lyric analysis offers a

new and less intimidating way to explore thoughts, emotions, and memories. A

person undergoing music therapy is urged to provide insight, alternate lyrics, and

concrete tools or themes from songs that may be applied to challenges in their life

and treatment. We all have a favorite song, and lyric analysis allows people to find

lyrics that relate to their personal experiences.

Improvisation Music Playing

Instrumental music can promote emotional state, sociability, and investigation of a

variety of therapeutic topics (i.e. conflict, communication, grief, etc.). Playing the

drums, rain sticks, thunder tubes, and other percussion instruments, for illustration,

can generate a "storm." The group can identify regions of escalation and

de-escalation in the improvisation, and the "highs and lows" of the storm may be

linked to specific sentiments. This allows the group to discuss their feelings in more


Active Music Listening

Music may be used to control one's mood. Music affects the neocortex of our brain,

which relaxes us and lowers impulsivity, due to its rhythmic and repetitive elements.

Music is frequently used to complement or change our mood. While there are

certain advantages to matching music to our mood, it also has the ability to keep us

depressed, angry, or nervous. A music therapist can play the music that matches the

client's present mood and then gradually transforms the person to a more happy or

peaceful state.


Writing allows you to express yourself in a good and fulfilling way. Anyone may write

lyrics that represent their personal feelings and experiences, and choose instruments

and sounds that best mirror the emotion expressed in the lyrics. This approach may

be quite gratifying and beneficial to one's self-esteem. As someone listens to their

own invention, this intervention may also instill a sense of pride.

The study of music and its effects on brain processes has revealed new information

about the mind's nature, particularly the phenomena of "neural plasticity." Highly

skilled musicians are thought to be an appropriate group to investigate brain

plasticity with. Information processing, attention, language, memory processes, and

executive functions are all activated throughout the musical performance.

Individuals' intellectual, psychological, biological, and social well-being have all been

shown to gain from listening to music.

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