Bonding in a busy hopsital can be tough for new parents and premature babies.
Soothing babies with song is a natural instinct for some parents, and research has shown just how powerful it can be for premature babies.
Visually expressing painful memories and feelings can help let things go.
Creative arts therapies allow people with dementia to express joy and sadness through painting, dance, music and drama.
Learning how we respond to rhythm can lead to therapeutic applications.
Why and how do we groove? Researchers are investigating how we respond to music, with applications for therapy.
In Western society, endless reiteration of grief in speech is not generally acceptable. Songs can allow this to happen.
From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
J Cole at Etihad Stadium in 2014. Cole (aka ‘Therapist’) runs non-profit organisation Dreamville Foundation, and houses single mothers rent-free in his childhood home.
Photo supplied by Michelle Grace Hunder
Hip hop often gets a bad rap but for therapists and teachers it can be a transformative tool.
Music therapy is different from music entertainment.
The NDIS has laudable aims but how much funding will be available to enable participation in arts therapy?
Playing music is good for people at all stages in their lives – including the elderly.
Music is a universal human habit, but it's particularly good for the elderly. From slowing cognitive decline to helping someone recover from a stroke, old age is a great time to pick up an instrument.
Making music helps people come to terms with traumatic life changes.
Singers on The Voice last week spoke of the healing power of songwriting. And a new study has found that writing songs about their experience is helping people cope with acquired brain and spinal chord injuries.
Music affords opportunities for emotions and connection like little else.
Most young people rely on music to make them feel better, and have had multiple experiences of this working. But if someone you know is struggling with mental health problems it’s worth having a chat.
‘A gran don’t come for free’
We've learned a lot about how music can help with pain and a score of other clinical problems. But with chronic pain affecting a quarter of us, it's an area that has received too little attention.
Classical or hip-hop, music often feels like it has healing properties and now scientists have proved it.
A newborn baby undergoes music therapy at a hospital in Slovakia. The hospital uses music therapy to treat infants who have been separated from their mothers.
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From serving newborns to treating hospice patients, music can be used in medical and psychological treatment with surprising – and real – results.
Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as Fletcher in the pursuit of peak performance, in Whiplash.
Photo by Daniel McFadden, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Whiplash, the new film written and directed by American Damien Chazelle, is billed as a drama about an ambitious young drummer and his terrifying teacher. The older teacher is said to “discover” the 19…
Music is not cheesecake! It is an essential condition that is omnipresent in all human cultures.
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Katrina McFerran discusses how access to music education can reaffirm social…
We reap the benefits when we engage with music.
What role does music play in your life? Music surrounds us, in shops, at work, on television, and at the movies. We program our own personal soundtracks effortlessly via iPods and similar devices. With…
Music therapists work with people of any age and ability, culture or background.
Defining music therapy is challenging because the practice is so diverse; but the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) uses the following definition: Music therapy is a research-based practice and…