Do you want to be a Music Therapist?
Music Therapy is the discipline that brings together Psychology and Medicine with Music. It seeks to improve the state of mental health of people with emotional and pathological conditions, which also brings positive physical repercussions. Although it is a field that has been worked on since prehistoric times, a few decades ago it has taken on a specific relevance as an alternative therapy.
A Music Therapist from the pedagogical area of the Higher School of Music tells us more about this career:
“Why did you choose to study Music Therapy?”
—I studied music when I finished high school, I always dedicated myself to teaching. More than a decade ago, a friend invited me to host dinners that were held at the cancer center, where people with this disease reside, and I began to notice the way in which, according to the melody she played, it influenced they. For a time I did it this way just for pleasure, although I was selecting bibliography to understand more about what was happening. After a year I found myself in Buenos Aires studying this career and it has been three years since I received it and returned to my city to practice it, almost as a novelty.
“What do you like the most about your profession?”
—Having discovered the ability of something as primitive and hallucinatory as music to completely vary a person’s emotions, bring them out of a depression or remove the fear of death, extremes that satisfy me professionally.
“Is there something you don’t like?”
-Yes. Obviously, music as therapy is capable of improving the current state of people, their quality of life, and even extending their expectations, benefiting their physical health from the psychological point of view. But this is not always the case. There are many cases in which people have an improvement, but live with an incurable disease. That is very sad to see.
“What specifically does your job consist of?”
—Just as Music Therapy is a profession crossed by other disciplines, when it comes to treating people we also approach it interdisciplinary with professionals from other areas. My task is to manage the rhythms, musical instruments and voices based on an expected emotional response. This is, specifically, detecting which melody and tone arouse joy in a depressed person, for example, which melody distracts the person with fear, which one stimulates people with specific physical ailments by diverting their thoughts from the disease, among others. From my place at the School of Music, it is very gratifying to see how the enrollment of those enrolled with psychophysical pathologies has increased, these courses achieving careers without problems and at the same pace as a student without diagnostic problems.
“Why would you suggest someone study Music Therapy?”
“I think it’s something that should be felt.” They have to converge the passion for music, the intention to help others and improve their lives and the desire to study subjects as complex as the main ones in Medicine or Psychology careers. As a suggestion, I would do it because it provides a different look and palliation to traditional ailments.
Why study Music Therapy?
- Because you believe that music is capable of healing.
- Because you understand the arts, and especially music, as an emotional stimulus.
- Because you like music, you like psychology, and you like medicine.
Where to study Music Therapy in Argentina?
Buenos Aires’ University
Inter-American Open University
Where to study Music Therapy in Uruguay?
Cediiap University Institute
Where to study Music Therapy in Spain?