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MUSIC THERARY

Music therapy is the appropriate use of music and musical elements with the purpose of support, improvement or rehabilitation of intellectual, physical, emotional and mental health. Music therapy is more concerned with the therapeutic than the artistic result.

Music therapy is exercised by music therapy specialists. Music therapy research examines methods and techniques as well as their effectiveness in therapy and education.

Music therapy practices date back to the ancient Greek civilization. The Pythagoreans and Aristotle recognized the positive effects of music on the psychic. Homer also informs us of the use of music in the treatment of injuries. In the 20th century, the scientific community recognized the fact that the creative, structural and emotional properties of music can treat a large variety of mental and intellectual conditions while also constituting a valuable tool in the integration of specific social groups into society. Therefore today music therapy constitutes a separate branch of education and therapeutics and in most developed countries music therapists must hold a university degree.

In Greece, certain individual efforts and applications exist but, as the country that gave birth to this practice, we should systematically develop music therapy practice by creating the proper conditions and institutions to produce skilled music therapists, officially recognizing the specialization and professional rights of music therapists, supporting research on the therapeutic effects of music and finally expanding and reinforcing its fields of application in all social groups that can benefit from it.

GREEK MUSIC THERAPY INSTITUTIONS

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT)

    The World Federation of Music Therapy is an international organization that functions as an international representative for professional music therapists. It organizes conferences to promote the exchange of information and ideas on music therapy.

  • American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

    The American Music Therapy Association provides information on business and education opportunities in music therapy. It also provides information concerning events, new editions and news on music therapy.

  • Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT)

    The Canadian Association of Music Therapy is a national organization that provides education and information on new developments in music therapy through its various editions and conferences.

  • British Society of Music Therapy (BSMT)

    The British Society of Music Therapy is an advisory organization that specializes in organizing conferences , publishing scientific magazines, etc. It also provides information on music therapy events.

INTERNET SITES

  • musictherapy

    It is addressed to music therapists, students, clients and generally people interested in music therapy. It provides information on music therapy and recommends methods of practice.

  • MusicTherapy InfoLinks

    It contains information on music therapy and provides useful links to educational institutions and career offers.

  • Voices

    International forum on music therapy.

MAGAZINES

  • Nordic JournalofMusicTherapy

    Scientific magazine, published twice a year. It contains various subjects on music therapy mainly from Scandinavian countries. It also includes philosophy, qualitative and quantitative researches, etc.

  • Music Therapy World

    e-magazines on music therapy.

ARTICLES

GREEK ARTICLES ON MUSIC THERAPY