The Wonders of Music!

American musician Billy Joel once said “It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Many of us would certainly agree with this! Researchers across the globe report that music may be able to help with healing. In an interview with Barbara Else, senior advisor of policy and research at the American Music Therapy Association she commented that “we have such a deep connection to music because it is “hardwired” in our brains and bodies” (Medical News Today (MNT). Young Boy Listening to Music in the Woods

Increasingly, researchers are finding that the health benefits of music may go beyond mental health, and as a result, some health experts call for music therapy to be more widely incorporated in treatment plan goals and objectives for various conditions.

Barbara Else also stated that “music therapists are poised and ready to assess, deliver and document music therapy treatment but also to consult with colleagues (physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, etc.) to support the patient as part of an interdisciplinary team”.

It is believed that listening to calm, relaxing, self-chosen music may reduce anxiety and pain and help relieve stress. We all know that listening to certain songs may have the ability to remind us of other periods in our lives, a special event, a wedding, or simply make us smile! Most of us enjoy listening to music and welcome the opportunity to do so.

While we are in various modes of self-quarantine, perhaps now would be a good time to spend 20-30 minutes in a comfortable spot and listen to your favorite music. Of course, consider spending another few minutes listening to music that might make you want to dance a little bit too!! This could count as daily exercise!

If you’re interested in reading more about the potential power of healing through music, take a look at and read the article: “The Power of Music: How It Can Benefit Health” for more information.

Lynda Conner

Lynda coordinates the evidence-based suite of Living Well Programs for the ARC/AAA and has been actively involved in teaching self-management programs throughout the community for the last decade.