Have you ever heard a song that brought back memories that were long buried? Music is a powerful medium that can make us feel strong emotions, like joy, sadness, or fear. Music has the power to move us and to heal us.
The uses and benefits of music have been studied for decades in the form of music therapy. Findings from clinical studies have shown that music therapy can be beneficial in treating people with anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, autism, and PTSD.
I believe in the power of music therapy so much that I co-founded Athena Music & Wellness Therapy. Athena is an academy and international platform created to deliver music therapy to those who need it and to educate and train a new generation of professors and music therapists.
Athena is a unique organization that provides certification courses, diploma courses, and works internationally. We are the only U.S. organization that offers the prestigious Music Therapy Certification through the European Certification Board.
Music therapy sessions may include making music using instruments, writing songs, or listening to music. At Athena, our professional music therapists use research-based practices to treat types of people.
- Senior adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia
- Children with autism
- Parkinson’s patients
- Professional adults
The benefits of music therapy are many, and include:
- Stress reduction
- Improved speech and cognitive skills
- Enhanced interpersonal relationships
- Improved self-image/Increased self-esteem
- Successful and safe emotional release
- Reduced depression among older adults
- Decreased frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviors for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias
In today’s world, we believe music therapy is more needed and more important than ever. Before the coronavirus, 1 in 5 Americans experienced mental health issues. (NAMI) Since the coronavirus, one-third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, according to data collected by the Census Bureau.
Teletherapy services are also booming in our “new normal”: Talkspace and BetterHelp reported a surge in new users this year, and meditation app Headspace secured $47.7 million in new funding. Experts are optimistic that virtual appointments and aids can replace in-person care.
We’ve been working on a new music therapy app for mobile devices, called Tunewell, for quite some time, and we’re expecting to launch this summer (2020). Stay tuned for more information!
The need for psychological support and solidarity will be high for years to come, and Athena will be here to help.
CEO and Co-Founder, Athena Music Wellness and Therapy