Day 29 – Playing Music as Medicine

There are a number of reputable, scientific studies that affirm the premise of music as medicine. Below are the top 5 results from the Google search “scientific studies on the power of music to heal”:

The search results also highlighted an NPR interview with author Elena Mannes, on her book The Power of Music. Elena is the award-winning creator of the acclaimed documentary “The Music Instinct: Science & Song which explores the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain, and the world of nature.

6 Proven Benefits of Music Therapy:

  • Music therapy reduces anxiety and physical effects of stress.
  • It improves healing.
  • It can help manage Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Music therapy reduces depression and other symptoms in the elderly.
  • It helps to reduce symptoms of psychological disorders including schizophrenia.
  • Music therapy improves self-expression and communication.

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