The difference between music therapy entertainment and music education is that music therapy aims to meet therapeutic goals.
If you think for a moment and remember your childhood, which is the most striking image that comes in your mind? Mother holding you in her arms while …she’s singing a lullaby. And what was the effect? If you were crying, oftenly you would calm down and fall asleep with an innocent smile on your face imprinted.
Music therapy addresses to a variety of needs such as physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of people of all ages, regardless of musical training they have. The therapist addresses the patient’s problem directly, through music, or through the relationship developed between the patient and therapist.
The most significant results obtained with melotherapy were recorded in modern psychiatry, because music has a beneficial action helps and relieves nerve accesses, quite often, the patient’s healing is complete.
Using instrumental and vocal music, the therapist tries to obtain changes. Research confirms effectiveness of treatment in several areas, such as physical and motor recovery, motivation to follow the treatment, emotional support for patient and it’s family.
The most common problems are related to stress, anxiety, grief, feelings, communication, aggressive behavior, lack of motivation, mood swings, emotional intimacy. Through musical involvement, skills and strengths of the patient are transferred to other areas of life.
To give you a “course of action” and knowing what is best to listen I recommend a small guide for music therapy.
• Claude Debussy – Sonata for piano and harp
• Nicolo Paganini – Concerto no. 4 in D minor
• Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky – Overture of “Sleeping Beauty”
For peace of mind
• Ludwig van Beethoven – Concerto imperial no. 5 (Adagio from Sonata for Cello and Orchestra in G minor)
• Franz Schubert – ‘Rosamunde’ ‘”Ave Maria”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky • – “Swan Lake”
• Robert Schumann – “Reverie”
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto no. 21 for piano and orchestra
To regulate blood pressure levels
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Don Juan”
• Franz Lizst – “Hungarian Rhapsody”
For mental exhaustion
• Johann Sebastian Bach – “Fugue”
For relief of physical pain
• Ludwig van Beethoven – “Pastorale”
• Maurice Ravel – “Bolero”
• Frederick Chopin – Concerto no. 1 in E minor
To stimulate and energize
• Giuseppe Verdi – march from the opera “Aida”
• Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburgicele
The list could go on of course … certainly you will discover other famous arias that will help you get over certain negative moods and even rediscover yourself. Enjoy!