When Did Music Therapy Begin?

There is no doubt that there is healing in music and movement. People all over the world have taken part in musical ceremonies and began playing instruments because it simply made them feel good. Music therapy dates back to the late 1700’s, although it can be referenced even earlier when looking at the ancient Greeks. It is widely known that Pythagoras used musical scales to attempt to treat both psychological and physical ailments! Native Americans used music to communicate and celebrate their heritage as well.


Early accounts of music-making to assist in the physical and emotional healing lead to what today is called “Music Therapy.” During World War 1 and World War 2, soldiers sang songs and created music with tools that they found along the way in an attempt to keep their spirits up. When they came home, musicians went to the hospitals and other veterans' facilities to interact with the veterans musically. They created music together, and the veterans were left feeling better and had a positive outlook on life after their return from war.


The correlation between music and mood was apparent. Music boosts the spirits, and making it is a great way to interact socially, and positively. Music Therapy was born, and people began turning it into a profession.


Music therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the patient. There are different goals, tools, and protocols that are utilized to get a specific response from the client. Because music therapy sessions are customized based on the patient, people of all ages and needs can benefit from music therapy. Music therapy helps developmentally, improves memory, increases communication skills, and allows for physical activity while taking part in a social atmosphere. Music therapy is also a great way to relieve stress and improve overall well-being.


In addition to the above, music therapy may also benefit those with:


  • Behavioral disorders

  • Learning disabilities

  • Autism disorders

  • Speech delays

  • Stroke or brain injuries

  • PTSD

  • Schizophrenia

  • Developmental delays

  • And more!



The power of music is great, and taking part in music therapy will open many doors. It will leave you feeling good and give you a new outlook on the day, and life in general. The physical and emotional benefits are plentiful. Talk to your doctor or therapist about music therapy today, and achieve the benefits others have enjoyed for thousands of years.


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