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Alex Ford

Professor Simonsen

Music for healing

Healing is a pure way to assist in the commutative world we preside. Curing

ailments is a start to better any negative illness or feelings. One of the most difficult
challenges people face is grief. Not only is loss a terrible obstacle to overcome it is also
hard to find ways to treat as everyone faces it in different ways. Seeing that grief is not
universal for everyone to be treated the same way. We need to find a cure that most
everyone, the feeling of sound.
Music is more than just repetitive sound. It is emotion conjugated through
tangible wavelengths felt throughout the heart, body, and mind. It can give those who
cannot speak a voice (Thomson.) Those who cannot hear can feel and even produce it, at
least in the case of Beethoven. Its easy to say that music is heard everywhere on the
radio, television commercials, and any show we might decide to get comfy and watch.
Music is its own magical language that brings everyone together through the good or the
bad. Altogether I propose that music should be used to heal those who are wounded by
the effects of losing a loved one.
Those who lose a love one search for an outlet to provide a comfort for the lack of
presence of the person they once had. Music can be a useful outlet to both preserve
difficult emotions and express any suppressed. There is a new field of study dedicated to
music therapy. This incorporates mastering innumerate amount of instruments, taking
psychology classes, and requires more than just basic social skills. Music therapists must
ask the instrument choice, song, tempo, and any changes in the music to heal.
(SCIARAPPA.) It is evident that music therapy services have useful benefits and, even
though these methods have born great fruit, these services are not accessible to every

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individual. Therefore considering music therapy as a service to the public education

resources would be an intrinsic piece to supplement any students facing loss.

Education funds may not be as flexible as needed for most of the essentials but
extra funds may be minimalized via apprenticeships to those who want to learn music
therapy at no expense other than to educate. Individuals who truly want to thrive will take
an opportunity to learn first hand and will be inspired to improve the status of the
community and those who preside within. Those suffering from loss will gain a healthy
state of mind knowing the amount of dedication those helping heal them put towards their
Seeing as music is implemented to almost everything that tries to spark our
interest such as commercials, vines, games, and shows proves it is a medium that sparks
overall interest to most of the public. If it is part of the education and health systems
people will learn and heal faster than before exponentially, in theory. Change to the world
we know of today can be achieved with changes such as this. With creative ways to
include music in places no one would expect will bring forth innovative learning and
better states of mind for everyone who needs it.

Alex Ford
Professor Simonsen

Works Cited
McClary, Rebecca. "Healing The Psyche Through Music, Myth, And
Ritual." Psychology Of Aesthetics, Creativity & The Arts1.3 (2007): 155-159. Academic
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Orphic Archetypes VERY scientific jargon
Olaniyan, 'Yemi. "Music As A Facilitator For Healing." IFE Psychologia 21.3-S
(2013): 94-102. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Nov. 2015.
Scientific well written facts on healing music powers :3
SCIARAPPA, NICHOLAS. "Music Therapists Master Instruments Of Healing
For Diverse Clients." National Catholic Reporter50.24 (2014): 2a. Academic Search
Premier. Web. 2 Nov. 2015.
Goes into the intricacies of music therapy techniques
Thompson, William Forde, and Gottfried Schlaug. "The Healine Power Of
Music." Scientific American Mind 26.2 (2015): 32-41. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2
Nov. 2015.
Story about Laurel and singing even though normal speech isnt discernable