Social and Emotional Functioning

Music is present in every culture known to man. One function music serves is as a form of emotional expression. In fact, the emotional experience may be the main reason that people choose to listen to music.

Some people who have difficulty expressing feelings have found playing, singing, composing, or listening to music a less threatening way to share emotions. Musical interaction as a means of communication and expression helps individuals develop relationships and address issues they may not be able access through traditional talk therapy.

Specific outcomes documented in music therapy research include:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved self image
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased anxiety/agitation
  • Increased verbalization
  • Enhanced interpersonal relationships
  • Improved group cohesiveness
  • Increased motivation
  • Successful and safe emotional release

For children, adolescents, adults, and older adults, music therapy may be the key to improving social and emotional health. Consider music therapy treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, autism, or end of life issues. Contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to determine whether music therapy may be the answer for you.