Studio 5 contributor Ashley Kewish met with music therapists at Primary Children’s Medical Center where patients have the option to receive music therapy in addition to the other care they are receiving.
We don’t all have access to a music therapist…so what are some things you can do in your own home to take advantage of music and the healing properties if offers? Board Certified Music Therapist, Lillieth Grand offers some recommendations:
1. Involve yourself in active music making:
It can be as simple as going to a drum circle or complex as learning a whole new instrument. Young children who participate in active music making report a higher satisfaction of living later in life.
2. Utilize music to sustain or alter your mood:
If you need to change your mood, choose music that will reflect the way you want to feel.
3. Expose yourself to a wide variety of music:
We live in such a rich musical culture. There is symphony, jazz, opera, rock and roll and many of them are free to go and listen to. Those exposed to a wide variety of music genres tend to have higher IQs.
The Music Therapy Department at Primary Children’s Medical Center relies solely on donations. If you would like to donate, go to: intermountainhealthcare.org