For Moms & Dads: The Power of Music
More than 2300 years ago, the great philosopher Plato said, “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, and children should be taught music before anything else.” Although this is true, the power of music doesn't stop with education. It's also used to harmonize our minds and bodies through the therapeutic use of music.
In 1998, The American Music Therapy Associaation (AMTA) was founded to research the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education and community settings. One study, published in the Journal of Music Therapy, found that premature babies in intensive care who were exposed to music were calmer and used oxygen more efficiently. The babies also gained weight faster and required shorter periods of hospitalization.
Dr. Clive Robbins of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clinic uses music therapy to help 100 handicapped children learn, relate, and communicate with others. “Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child's potential for development.”
Soothing music was key in helping five-year-old Adam. About three months ago, Classical Cradle received a letter from a mother of an autistic son. Adam needed surgery to correct his vision, but there was a dilemma. It was difficult to prepare him for this procedure since he comprehends differently than non-autistic children. As the day of the surgery approached Adam became hyperactive and extremely anxious. Consequently, Adam required a sedative as he went into surgery. After surgery, Adam's mother did what her music therapist had suggested. She played quiet music as often as possible. She used her walkman to play the tranquil Classical Cradle music to Adam in the recovery room. Not only did the music help comfort Adam after surgery, but also soothed him so much that the nurse did not need to administer any further sedatives. She thanked Classical cradle for its' serene medleys that helped “reduce the trama” to her son.
Without a doubt, the power of music is potent. It has the power to sooth and even heal. Clearly stated by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev), “Simply put, music can cure people.”
Feel a baby's mind.
Einstein knew it.
Galileo knew it.
The Power of Music.
© Copyright 1999 Lisa A. Colantuono