Music as therapy – the basics

We all know that music can influence our mood and emotions.

It can soothe and comfort us and press just the right buttons to make us feel happy, sad, relaxed, or even excited. It has the power to transport us back to our childhood within seconds or to put us on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Music can even have a positive effect on our health and our capacity for learning. SonicTonic uses music to exert a specific influence on the mind and as a vehicle for transporting other mind-changing techniques within the framework of Receptive Sound Therapy.

Music, Melody, And The Strange Pull They Exert Over Our Minds

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Matthew Schulkind compares declarative and procedural memory with regard to music. Songs that people have a special relationship with need just the first few notes of a song transport the listener back to that particular time and place. Music can help dementia patients to bring back lost informations stored in longterm memory. In a clinical study, listening to music increased the likelihood of patients’ remembering faces or the names associated with those faces.

 

The Amazing Functions of Music

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People (mostly men) are often scared of their emotions and try to suppress the negative ones like sadness or loneliness. Musicians on the other hand know, that there is beauty in melancholy. A sort of anchor and preparation of hard times to come. But music can serve so many more functions – helping one concentrate better, act as language or bridge back to past experiences. It is truly a useful and versatile gift.
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Music As Complementary Medicine

Writer: Jaakko Erkkilä, Marko Punkanen, Jörg Fachner, Esa Ala-Ruona, Inga Pöntiö, Mari Tervaniemi, Mauno Vanhala and Christian Gold

Source: The British Journal of Psychiatry (2011) 199, 132–139.

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While many people suffer under depression, clinical treatment is moving fast forward and is providing great medicine for the patients. Music is hereby an important player. This cost-efficient tool is not only available at any time and uplifts your mood, it is also a great working tool against depression! Although the scientist do not solely predefine music as the key against depression, they still proved a significant improvement in therapy of depressions if music is added.

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The “Power” Of Music

Writer: Imogen N. Clark, Felicity A. Baker & Nicholas F. Taylor
Source: Nordic Journal of Music Therapy (2016), 25:1, 76-104

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This study is a review of 23 theoretical texts representing three contexts: therapeutic outcomes, sports and exercise performance, and auditory-motor processing. The findings consistently categorised music as a true motivator in physical activities, and furthermore suggest to use music as a prescriptive therapy to boost mood and motivation.

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Music Proved To Be A Versatile Means For Mood Regulation

Writer: Suvi Saarikallio & Jaakko Erkkilä
Source: Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research vol 35(1): 88‒109

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The study explored the aspect of music as a tool for mood regulations in adulthood. The findings suggested increasing and restoring of well-being, and also made the participants’ emotional life more varied and colourful. The underlying motivation for the study was to clarify one piece of the puzzle in exploring the meaning of music.

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