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Music therapy

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Music therapy is based on science closely related to various scientific fields, especially medicine, social sciences, psychology, music theory and pedagogy.

In music therapy, the planned use of tones, sounds and movements is applied to increase well-being or renew, maintain and develop mental and physical health and/or abilities. Specific tonal and sound stimuli, or the properties and characteristics of tones and sounds, and the relationships formed in the musical experience are used by a specialist for the purpose of achieving set goals in the treatment, teaching and rehabilitation of people with physical, mental and social problems or disabilities. tease

No musical skills are required. Music therapy is about connecting, expressing and communicating through music. Music is not an end in music therapy, but a means to an end.

Examples of goals:

  • To promote physical, intellectual, sensory, psychological and social development.

  • Enhancing self-awareness.

  • Develop the ability to express feelings and needs.

  • Activate vitality and creativity.

  • Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • Improve self-control.

  • Improve social skills and the ability to form relationships.

  • Improve the ability to relax.

  • Increase quality of life.

  • Promoting social inclusion.

Music therapists work with individuals of all ages as well as their families and/or caregivers. The field of work is diverse. In Iceland, music therapists have worked in various departments of Landspítala - University Hospital, in schools, in nursing homes and in their own private practice.

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