Get some Music Therapy for your soul…
Are you feeling down, anxious or just tired? Do you ever get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the fall season, knowing that the first day of autumn is coming, awaiting the winter blues? Or are you just stressed out?
I could arrive at a show feeling down, tired, stressed out or anxious, but the minute I open my mouth and start singing my happiness increases, and my mood is lifted!
I have been told by my audience that it makes them feel good too. Music is a release. Whether it’s popular music or jazz, pretty sounds from a singer, harmony and piano music can actually make us feel better!
The Origin of Modern Music Therapy
The use of music for healing dates back to at least the time of the ancient Greek philosophers. Modern music therapy originated during World War II, as veterans returned home with what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Catatonic, disturbed, depressed, and unable to function, thousands were institutionalized. When volunteer societies were formed to visit military hospitals to play music for returned soldiers, it became apparent that the music was reaching and awakening seriously disturbed veterans. That’s when the term music therapy was used for the first time.
“Music supports a state of mind to empower people to do things they couldn’t do before to enhance well-being,” Suzanne Hanser, director of the music therapy program, Berklee College of Music in Boston
In an article by by Madison Sonnier, entitled “30 Ways to Improve Your Mood When You’re Feeling Down”, here is #3: Listen to music. Music can heal, put you in a better mood, make you feel less alone, or take you on a mental journey.