March 2006

Music Healing, Medicine & Therapy

  1. Can Music Put You into a Trance?
  2. Music Healing - Music Medicine - Music Therapy

  3. Do You Need a Music Therapist to do Music Therapy? 



Can Music Put You into a Trance?

A client asked me this today, "can music put you into a trance?"

She sounded quite skeptical and I just wonder how many people doubt this capability. I guess technically, it's rhythm that puts you into a trance. That's what shamanic drumming is all about. The persistent, repetitive beat of a hand-held drum or most any kind of drum, will eventually put you into an altered state. Once there (in an altered state) all kinds of things can happen.

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Music Healing vs. Music Medicine vs. Music Therapy

What is the difference between music healing and music therapy? Or music healing and music medicine? It's pretty subtle actually and different people would define each discipline or methodology differently. These are MY definitions today:

First of all, healing does not mean curing. Healing has to do with decreasing symptoms, physically, physiologically, psychologically, emotionally, or spiritually.

Music healing is the process of using already composed music in a passive (listening) or active (singing, playing an instrument) way to ameliorate symptoms and help a person to feel better. Music healing has a spiritual component; not religious but spiritual.

Music therapy is now a well-established discipline which is evidence-based and often used in rehabilitation settings. Many hospitals, nursing homes and clinics employ music therapists. one can get college degrees in music therapy and if you want to be in that field, it is a requirement.


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Do You Need a Music Therapist to do Music Therapy?

Alice and MomYou know, people ask me this all the time and the answer is no!

Of course music therapists are trained professionally to administer music to people but if you can carry a tune, play an instrument of any kind or just play some CD's, tapes, or records of the oldies from a person's courting years, you can bring some musical healing.

Live music is always better than recorded and most elderly are extremely non-critical and appreciate every effort to be helpful. Give it a try!


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Alice H. Cash, Ph.D., LCSW

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