What are Therapeutic Characteristics of Music?

We all know that music makes us feel better!  It has therapeutic characteristics that affect our body-mind-spirit in a way that nothing else can do!  You actually don’t even have to hear the music around you; you can hear it in your head and have the same effect!!  You can whistle it or hum it and have that wonderful serotonin flood your brain.  It cheers us up, it calms us down, it brings back wonderful memories of love, childhood, holidays, vacations, and our whole lives.  The field of music therapy has provided lots of wonderful information on this and so much more.

The following list is from www.preludemusictherapy.com.  I highly recommend this site to you and encourage you to check out all of the resources it provides!


  • Music captivates and maintains attention — it stimulates & utilizes many parts of the brain.
  • Music is easily adapted to, and can be reflective of, a person’s abilities.
  • Music structures time in a way that we can understand (“that’s the last verse – my exercise session is almost over!”).
  • Music provides a meaningful, enjoyable context for repetition.
  • Music provides a social context — it sets up a safe, structured setting for verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Music is an effective memory aid.
  • Music supports and encourages movement.
  • Music taps into memories and emotions.
  • Music — and the silences within it — provide nonverbal, immediate feedback.
  • Music is success-oriented — people of all ability levels can participate.

If you still have doubts about the power of music in the health and healing world, I urge you to start at the beginning of this blog and read all the way through.  Music is powerful medicine!

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