Have you ever heard about music being used as some sort of therapy? Well, according to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.” Throughout this article, we will be talking about 8 girls’ graduation project about music therapy and much more!
To begin with, 8 girls named Lama Samir, Yara El-Reweieny, Salma Adham, Salma Sammour, Aya Khaled, Hagar Omar, Dalia Ali and Dina Mohsen, who are Mass Communication seniors with the major of IMC at Misr International University, chose music therapy as their graduation project. We sat down, talked to them, and asked them “Why did you choose music therapy specifically?” They said that they want to raise awareness about music therapy, they want to show people that music isn’t just about some songs you listen to, but that it can heal the soul and can be a part of why someone overcame a certain illness. Their objective is divided into two parts: a primary objective and a secondary objective. They started with their secondary objective, as if they are digging their way upwards, which is to highlight the effect of music on people’s life and to show them the advantages music can have, and their primary objective is to raise awareness about music therapy in general. Their campaign is called “Musiكure”, its duration is 1 year, and they are working with a communication agency specialized in campaigns called 008.
On asking “How will you make people believe in your project?”, they said that they started to make people realize the importance of music by, for example, talking to people on the street and asking them if they could imagine a wedding with no songs, travelling with no music or even their childhood without childhood’s famous songs which all of our mothers used to sing to us, and people replied by saying that it was impossible not to have music in all of those situations; people said that travelling with no music would be boring and others said that they can’t imagine their childhood without “twinkle, twinkle, little star”. Then they started asking people if they have ever heard about music therapy; the majority answered “No”, but some said that they heard about it before and that they heard about it in series, but they don’t know what it is exactly.
نزلنا الشارع المصري نسأل الناس اذا يعرفوا او عمرهم سمعوا عن العلاج بالموسيقى؟و دا كان ردهم!اتفرجوا على الفيديو عشان تعرفوا؟و انتوا كمان قولونا عمركم سمعتوا عن "العلاج بالموسيقى"؟ #MusicureYoutube: https://youtu.be/tR9jTlk21SM
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نزلنا سألنا الناس في الشارع عن أهمية وجود الموسيقى في أوقات كتيرة في حياتهمو ايه تخيلاتهم لو راحوا الاماكن دي و مكنش فيها أي نوع من أنواع المزيكا؟و دا كان ردهم! و انتم كمان شاركونا رأيكم و قولولنا ايه اكتر حاجة في حياتكم مش بتكمل غير بوجود مزيكا على #MusicureYoutube: https://youtu.be/3LhANlGM_uU
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They made a booth on street as well where lots of people engaged with them and asked them about their campaign, its aim, what music therapy is, they also wanted to know all about it and its process, and how music therapy can benefit people with specific illnesses such as autism, depression, and ADHD.
On their Facebook page, they started showing people the importance of music and connect it with music therapy; for example, they started stating scientific facts regarding music such as how listening to a specific type of music while working-out can help you become more motivated and provide you with more energy. It has been proven by scientists at the University of Missouri that music has the ability to change your mood; for instance, listening to upbeat music can boost your mood and brighten your day, while on the other hand, if someone experienced a personal loss, then sad music might actually be beneficial in this case. Also, if someone is stressed or frustrated, angry music will be of great help to them.
Furthermore, they told us that music isn’t used as a full treatment; it’s just a complementary treatment along with the main treatment. For example, you can go to a psychiatrist as a main treatment, and then he can refer you to a music therapist as a complementary treatment. And it is a must that the music gets chosen by a doctor, not just anyone, as he will be giving you specific tracks to listen to, based on your case. When asked “What kind of music is used in music therapy?”, they replied saying that mainly classical music is used in therapy as other music genres might have some negative side effects on the patients, and that’s why it’s very important that the music is chosen by a doctor.
We asked them “Who can benefit from music as a sort of therapy?”, they said that depressed people, people who suffer from anxiety and stress, autistic people, people with special needs, and people who suffer from ADHD music can help them overcome their problems. For example, people with ADHD music can help them become more in control of themselves and calmer. That’s why they said that parents with children suffering from autism and ADHD could be the ones who interact with us the most, and also people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and stress.
Moreover, we asked them “What were the hardships you faced while implementing this idea?”, they said that the hard thing was that music isn’t really a part of the Egyptian culture, that people never viewed music as a mean of therapy, and because people here in Egypt are more convinced with therapy in the form of medicine and taking pills. They said that the topic itself isn’t hard, but the Egyptian culture is what makes it hard; however, doctors are willing to widen the field of music therapy here in Egypt, and that’s why they were so helpful regarding the campaign; they want the topic to reach as many people as possible, especially since the people showed interest and curiosity when we told them about music therapy, they interacted with us on our Facebook page and wanted to know more about the process and how it is applied, and there are some people who even studied music therapy abroad and wanted to apply it here in Egypt.
When we also asked them if they think that something like this could be done in Egypt in the future, they replied: “Yes, people want to know more about music therapy, and the good thing is that it doesn’t have side effects! And since people trust their doctors, then if it is offered as a treatment from a doctor, they won’t mind and will actually try it.”
Last but not least, we asked them if they could consider working and making a career in such field after graduating from university, and they replied “Yes. When we talked with doctors, they said that they wanted people to help in making music therapy become known as a way of treatment. In addition to this, our Facebook page is becoming bigger and bigger, and when we feel that we succeeded in raising awareness, then we will widen our objective and move forward to the next step which is to serve as a connection between people and doctors; for example, we want to be able to guide people and tell them where to go if they are seeking music therapy. ”
In the end, music nowadays is being used in many parts all around the world as a way of treatment to different types of illness and has been proven to be effective. Unfortunately, music therapy isn’t available in Egypt, but we should always support new ideas and new means of therapy as it could be of great benefit to us.
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