Helpline: Music Care Support
What is Music Care?
Did you know that you respond in very healthy ways to sound and rhythm? You’ve probably felt that kind of energy at a concert, or while listening privately to music you love. While this self-evident “power of music” can be measured scientifically, the actual benefits of music extend far beyond the currently-known medical or psychological research and clinical application of music.
People who naturally use music for their self-care include musicians and those in the creative arts. It’s a natural built-in discipline. But one of the remarkable things about music is that you don’t have to be a musician or artist to learn and use music care!
Safe, effective, easy to learn and use
In fact, the basic principles of music care have been used successfully and effectively by caregivers for many thousands of years, and you can quickly learn the basics and apply them successfully, safely, and effectively right now.
Results of a music care practice
Results you can expect from using music care touch all aspects of being a full-healthy human, from physical and mental wellbeing to emotional and even spiritual health. This could mean less physical pain, more emotional wellness, improved mental clarity, more satisfying, authentic relationships, even profound self-awareness and personal transformation – there are no harmful side-effects to a music care practice, and there’s plenty of self-evident potential to explore.
Is music care the same as music therapy?
For clarity, music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” (American Music Therapy Association website: https://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy/)
You can work directly with a board-certified music therapist for many clinical purposes, including care for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Autism, and music therapists can play a key role in related caregiver support.
In contrast, music care is the skillful use of music for self-care – no therapist needed. As you learn and practice music care, you may become interested in working directly with a music therapist, and that’s amazing, too!
How do I get started?
You’ve landed in the right place. This community of support for your music care skills provides a forum for questions, answers, and ideas, whether you’re learning to use music for your own care or part of music care teaching and caregiving team. Welcome aboard!