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Music Therapy: For Children, and the Elderly

Dr. T. V. Sairam

While music is universally beneficial- as plants are reported to grow well and cows yielding more milk and the like, there appears a dire and urgent need for extending the beneficial effects of music to at least a selected few population groups.

Mythologically all living and non-living things are reported to have resounded to music. Today’s modern science too endorses such a view. High intensity sound waves are used in diagnosis and treatment.

In recent years, application of music as a complementary medicine has gained grounds in the advanced countries, especially in Netherlands, USA, Australia, and Japan apart from the developing countries like Argentina, Brazil, China, and India.

Indian system of music, known for its unique system of raga, often referred to as ‘miracle of microtones’ shows great potentiality for future research, which appears quite promising.

While music is universally beneficial- as plants are reported to grow well and cows yielding more milk and the like, there appears a dire and urgent need for extending the beneficial effects of music to at least a selected few population groups.

MusicTherapy for Children and Infants

Music therapy provides a unique variety of musical experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication skills, social interactions, besides developing emotional, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive skills.

Music therapy, no doubt, enhances the quality of life in children as it makes them more cheerful and flexible to face the harshness of the current times and cultures.

The therapy involves close relationships between a qualified therapist and child; between one child and another; between child and mother; and between the music and the practitioners.

All such relationships build up a feeling of ‘belongingness’, which helps in creating a positive environment and set the occasion for successful results.

Music acts as a stimulant of the child’s senses, and facilitates many developmental skills. Quality learning and maximum participation, besides the traits such as coordination, cooperation, team-spirit, friendly rivalry — as we find in musical genres such as jugalbandhi etc - occur when children are permitted to tamper with music naturally and frequently, without restraints on them.

While being highly motivating, music is also calming and relaxing.

Enjoyable beta-forms of music with active rhythms and quick tempo can activate towards success of the children by making them feel better and confident about themselves.

Music therapy can even help a child manage pain and stressful situations and even overcome complexes due to physical or mental disability, if any.

Music can encourage socialization, self-expressions, communication, and motor development.

Because the brain processes music in both hemispheres, music can stimulate cognitive functioning and may be used for remediation of some speech/language skills.

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