What is art/music therapy?
what exactly do art therapists and music therapists do? i dont understand this career
- Anonymous6 years agoFavorite Answer
Music therapy aims to facilitate positive
changes in behavior and emotional well-being
and is essentially a social activity involving
communication, listening and sharing.
Everyone has the ability to respond to music
and sound so a variety of approaches are used.
Fundamental to all is the development of a
therapeutic relationship between the client
and the therapist. Each usually play an active
role in each session with clients being
encouraged to use a range of instruments
including their own voice. This allows them to
explore the world of sound and to create a
musical language of their own.
The therapist also aims to enhance the client's
quality of life by developing an increase sense
of peace and self awareness.
Many people with no specific problem are now
using music therapy to gain an insight to
themselves. Music can also be a great
Arts therapies are a way of using the arts – for
example, music, art, dance or drama – in a
therapeutic environment with a trained
therapist. In arts therapy, your therapist helps
you to express yourself by creating something
– such as a piece of music, a painting or a play.
This can help you express your feelings,often
without using words.
You do not need to have any special skill or
previous experience of doing art,music,dance
or drama to find an arts therapy helpful.The
aim is not to produce a wonderful work of art,
but to use your creations to understand
yourself better.Your therapist will help you think about what
you create and how it relates to your feelings
and experiences.This can help you come to
terms with any difficult feelings,events or
memories that may be causing you problems.
Many people find arts therapy can help them
learn to deal with,and in some cases recover
from,a mental health problem.
After your session, you may discuss what you
create with your therapist–for example,talking about the thoughts and feelings that
came up during the session and how you are
feeling now.Or you may not find this helpful,
and find that creating the art, music,dance or
drama is enough therapy on its own.
Arts therapies are offered in a wide range of
settings,including hospitals,residential care
and day centres.They can be done in a group
or one-to-one.In a group, you are likely to get
to know the other people quickly,and may find
out a lot about them.
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