by Jan 

Music as therapy – a look at history


Music has the power to influence our health and well-being. The belief in it, the experiences and the cultural practices associated with it have stood the test of time, but conventional music therapy has only been around for about 75 years. Music therapy is described as an art and a science, and as far as science is concerned, its research is based on psychoanalytic, humanistic and behavioral perspectives. As an emerging healthcare practice, research in the field of music therapy and music medicine has focused primarily on evidence-based practice. Until recently, little attention was paid to the mechanisms of action. To gain clinical and scientific legitimacy in healthcare and expand the use of music as a standard treatment, research on the use of music needs to show both that it works (evidence-based research) and why it works (mechanism-based research).

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