Saturday, February 9, 2013

Music Therapy: Your brains' best friend! :)

A three day weekend is coming up and you just got a call from one of your best friends, "Let's go on a road trip filled with our favorite shopping stops, delectable food stops and conversations that make us laugh and cry until our stomachs hurts!!" Exactly what I need, you think.... No sooner than you hang up the phone, you hop in your car, put your shades on, pop in your favorite tunes, turn it up, and dance like nobody's on the road and sing like a rock star!  Seeing your best friend lifts your spirits and puts you in the happiest of moods!  Did you know those tunes that are in your CD player are your brain's best friend???  Who knew!?!?!  It makes sense though, right?  When you have to clean the house, what gets you motivated more? Dead silence or a favorite song?  C'mon now, don't lie, we all know that you use your broom handle as a makeshift microphone as you jam to Michael Jackson's Billie Jean and do the moonwalk in your kitchen!!  It's ok, your secret is safe with me....;)  We are all motivated by music!! This motivation helps us all be productive and it calms our nerves.... It even helps me when I sit down to write blogs like this one!  It helps the ideas and words flow when you, as the reader, read this blog it's a really enjoyable experience for you! :)   Music therapy is a fascinating field that is helping people with disabilities in remarkable ways!!  Lindsey Wright, a music therapist that sat down for an interview with me some time ago said music therapy is used to work on communication, cognition,  motor skills, emotional and social skills.  The music therapist uses different techniques and motivators to get the clients they work with to work on new skills that they wouldn't maybe necessarily be motivated to learn if the music wasn't there!!  The results are remarkable!
When your brain and music form a bond,
Remarkable things happen!!! :)

I'm always so happy to meet and interview people like Lindsey!  She recognized as a child how happy music made her and she wanted to share it with others...especially those with disabilities.  People learn and are motivated by different things....that's normal. Music therapy is just one more tool to help accomplish the goal of educating others that we are all the same. The outside may be different, but music is the universal language of of the motivators that we ALL can groove to!!

Listen into my interview with Lindsey to get to know more about this sweet music therapist and learn more about music therapy!

Michelle Fischer is the host of a View from My Window a podcast produced by The Arc of Indiana


  1. Thank you, Michelle! This is a wonderful blog and I appreciate you highlighting music therapy. As an Indiana music therapist, I get to see the impact music therapy makes in the lives of individuals with disabilities every day. I LOVE my job!

    We are excited that House Bill 1051 received overwhelming support in the Indiana House and will soon move to the Senate for review. It's an exciting time to be a music therapist in Indiana. This bill will ensure that music therapy services are provided by trained and credentialed music therapist and will increase recognition for music therapy and our music therapy credential.

    Thanks again!
    Casey DePriest, MT-BC
    Integrative Music Therapy

    1. Hi Casey!!

      Thank you so much for your comment and for reading my post! I think that music therapists are wonderful! Really! After doing research and the interview for my podcast, A View from my Window, the benefits of music therapy are incredible! I am so glad that things are looking up for music therapists for sure!! Thank you for loving your job and extending your heart to help people with disabilities in this way! It touches my heart very much!!

      Take Care Casey! Thank you again for your heartfelt comment! I really appreciate it!! :)

  2. The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lot of great information about how Music Therapy get you relaxed..

  3. Hi Mason!

    Thank you so much for your comment! :) Music Therapy is a fascinating field that is for sure!

    How did you come across my blog? I hope you will come back soon! Thank you again for stopping by, and taking the time to leave a comment!
    Take Care!

  4. Great article ...Thanks for your lovely post, the contents are quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post on Music Therapy