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The Effects of Music in Therapy
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Name: Course: Lecturer: Date: The Effects of Music in Therapy Music therapy consists of listening, singing or playing music instruments since music and singing can stimulate specialization of brain hemispheres. Clinical observations show that singing depends on the right hemisphere structures thus singing can be exploited in order to facilitate speech reconstruction for individuals re-learning language.
In addition, individuals who have difficulties speaking after stroke, music therapy can stimulate language canters within the brain; thus, promoting the ability to sing. Playing music develops coordination of both gross and fine motor within people with impaired motor or neurological trauma because of stroke or head injury. Music therapy brings relaxation and has positive effects that enhance communication and emotional comfort; moreover, it enables recall of life experiences and emotional experiences. Music accompanies many, significant life events and in most cases the musical memories get stored for long periods compared to those that are not accompanied by music. Therefore, if words are no longer recognizable, familiar music offers a sense of comfort and safety thus decreasing anxiety. While cognitive and language functions deteriorate with age, many musical abilities seem preserved for longer periods. Music is universal to all human cultures and the capability to comprehend music is innate similar to communication. ...
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