Music as Therapy; Unconscious and Practical Way
Music as Therapy; Unconscious and Practical Way
  • Jin Seul-ah (CiTE 13)
  • 승인 2014.12.03 07:28
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Long before I read this article, I used music therapy unconsciously to control my feelings. I have a diverse taste about music because I have really liked music since I was young. Now it helps me choose music that fits my mood at a particular moment. When I am feeling blue, I listen to “J Rabbit or Oksangdalbit’s music. When I am upset, I listen to “Nell-Parasite”, “Guckkasten-Tail”, or “Muse-Supermassive Black hole”. It really helps me feel better and improves my mood.
I also use music therapy when I have to concentrate on my work. When I am excited about something or miscellaneous thoughts keep coming to my mind, I listen to my favorite cello concertos. I have seen a lot of people who use music when they need to control feelings or to concentrate like me. Nowadays, we can listen to music so easily wherever we are. Therefore, music therapy can be a useful tool not only for patients but also for contemporary people suffering from busy days.
 However, people should notice music therapy’s limitations. It cannot be a sole treatment. It can be used effectively for those who have cognitive, social, emotional or even physical deficits to bring out their positive mood and to reduce stress, but it is not a solution for the root cause of the symptoms. Therefore, music therapists have to find the way that the music therapy can be used for a sole treatment for fundamental problems.
 When I was a high school student, my teachers always said “Do not listen to music while studying! It disrupts you from concentrating.” However, I listened to music when I was sleepy or solving math problems. I don’t know if this is why I am not good at math, but I am pretty sure that music was a good method to ward off sleepiness. Actually there are the experiment results about my teachers’ words. When someone regularly listens to music while studying, listening to music doesn’t affect him or her. Music may, however, distract someone who isn’t used to listening to music while studying.
 Music therapy is a relatively new field in mental therapy, so there are a lot of things to be discovered and researched. I think one of the serious problems of music therapy is that music therapy might be not that effective for the people who are not familiar with listening to music. They may be unable to sympathize with and understand the lyrics and the feelings of music. For music therapy to be broadly used in many ways, there are still lots of things that need to be done before, I think.