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Using Music for Change and Growth

It is no secret that music has an effect on us. We choose music because of the way it affects our feelings, our mood, and even how we workout.

    Music in and of itself has the innate ability to induce change with each of the facets of music; the melody, the pitch, the volume, and the tempo — each of these aspects becomes a reason why we chose the music that we chose. Music can create change within us and in our relationships.
    In a study conducted by Amy Kalas MM, MT-BC, DT (2012) that looked at the effect of simple and complex musical styles on the joint attention responses of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), results indicated that a there was a statistically significant interaction between music modality and functioning level. It further showed that children who were in the severe range of functioning showed greater joint attention when presented with music that was simple, clear, and had predictable patterns, whereas children who were diagnosed with mild/moderate range of functioning responded to music that was more complex and variable. This study confirmed that careful manipulation of specific musical elements can help
provide the optimal conditions for facilitating joint attention with children with ASD.
    It further demonstrates that music is not something that can be a “one-size-fits-all” modality for change. A trained music therapist is able to assess each child and administer treatment based on that child’s needs. Music therapists can then manipulate and use those facets of music to assist in the child’s growth and knowledge.
    Music therapy is a healthcare profession in which a Board-Certified Music Therapist uses music purposefully within a therapeutic relationship to support development in health and wellbeing. Music therapists use music safely, ethically, and effectively to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.
    Of the many areas where music therapists work, the NICU has served as a recent “hot-topic” for many mainstream articles, and in May 2017, PBS published an extensive article on the specific nature of music therapy in the NICU. Music therapy was administered to the babies and their families as a means to assist in minimizing stress and agitation. Using music specific to the family, music that has meaning for them, is key to the treatment and music therapists will further assist the family in how to adopt the music that is meaningful to them and and use it with their child, ultimately providing continuity from NICU to home.
    Music is adaptable, accessible, and can be manipulated to serve an individual where and when they need it. Music therapists have the training to utilize live musical interventions to assist in the growth and positive change for that individual.
    We strive to make music accessible and empowering for all.    
    Developing Melodies Music Therapy Center offers music therapy, adapted music lessons, and music groups in Bloomington-Normal. Visit DevelopingMelodies.com or call 309-212-6204 to learn more about our services. Located at 211 South Prospect Rd. Suite 9.


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