People in all walks of life can benefit from music therapy. People are our potential clients. It is evident that preferred music has effect on mood in high Cognitive demand occupations, (Lesuik, 2010). In studies on comparative mood regulation effects of music, Reuer, (2007) and Lesiuk, (2010), showed that more music therapists as consultants may address work place problems of team work, stress management and certain human factors. Lesiuk, (2010) further suggests recommendations from experiential studies proposing that music therapists consult to companies and inform managers of environmental ways to provide and enhance their employees’ cognitive performances and quality of work by use of music, (p. 151). Once we have the experience of the possibilities in the institutional settings, the future is brighter for the private practitioner, in his or her own practice to serve as consultants in those situations by choice.
I have concluded that, after ten years of practicing music therapy in a psychiatric unit with a community of performers, music therapy can be the modality by which the music performer or any individual can effectively connect or reconnect to lost functions due to depression, and loss abilities; whether the loss is physical, psychological, emotional, a trauma or neurological. Music therapy includes empathy and total acceptance unlike any other form of treatment. It has been evidenced to induce expression, and it allows for retrieval of emotions; and gives content where it seemed lost forever (Sacks & Tomaino, 1998).
For the clients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), even the most expressionless come alive and sing with appropriate voice and appropriate affect to content; and like Sacks stated, go beyond their impairment and even beyond the norm. Music speaks to the inner self “The Music Child” (Nordoff & Robbin, 1960), like no other form of expressions, for organizing self (Sacks & Tomaino, 1998).
Patients improve with a variety of treatments, pharmacological and psychosocial, non-traditional and integrative, music therapy and creative expression therapies. East meets West. We are moving toward global health care. Music therapy is a viable treatment modality which merits a prominent place in the life changing integrative approach to wellness. We must be prepared to meet that challenge.
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Lesiuk, Teresa (2010), The effect of preferred music on mood performance in high cognitive demand occupations, Journal of Music Therapy XLVII (2) 137-154.
Reuer, B. (2007). An entrepreneurial journey: A music therapist’s story-personal reflections. Music Therapy Perspectives, 25 (2), 108-114.
Sacks, O. & Tomaino, C. (1998). Clinical Application of Music in Neurologic Rehabilitation. USA. MMB Music Inc.