People have been singing lullabies to babies
for centuries. The rhythmic and melodic qualities of these songs
are very soothing to children as well as adults. This process creates
a nurturing and bonding environment between the young and the old.
Children are responding to the voice in song and not to the quality of
the voice. All we need to do is sing!
Music therapy is a goal-oriented process which
utilizes singing as one of its methods. Children with special needs
have improved speech and communication through singing sessions.
Psychiatric and adolescent clients enjoy singing familiar songs.
This opens the door to discussion about the lyrics and how it relates to
the individual. Clients then create improvisatory songs based on
their thoughts and feelings. This is a postive end result which provides
the clients with increased self esteem and validation.
Since music is one of life's first experiences it is very helpful with the geriatric population. Singing songs from their childhood facilitates reminiscence, increased attention span and concentration. Clients exhibit a decrease in aggressive behaviour. It also provides an outlet for self expression and boosts self esteem. For more information contact the American Music Therapy Association @ http://www.musictherapy.org
HEALTHY CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Singing as individuals whether for a performance or our own enjoyment provides many therapuetic benefits. The physical act of using our voice in song provides relaxation and stress reduction. Singing with our family and friends enhances our relationships through increased communication, creativity and socialization.
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