Introduction to Music Therapy
The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the nursing and midwifery professions to the concept of music therapy (MT). It aims to widen nurses’ and midwives’ understanding of the origins, applications and potential benefits of MT as a form of treatment. The chapter explores the physical, emotional and environmental impact that music has on the human condition and cites research where MT has been successfully applied in a holistic approach to health care. The underlying objective is to encourage nurses and midwives to incorporate forms of MT into their work practices and every facet of their daily lives.
- defining music therapy: it’s origins and applications
- the physics of sound and music
- the effects of music on human physiology
- making music therapy work for you.