There are many mindfulness practices to stimulate inner awareness, increase health, and elevate our mood. Now we can add to that list practices such as listening to Mozart with your full being while sipping tea, singing a pop-song out loud while you drive across town or losing your body to ecstatic dancing.
Music has a physiological effect on our bodies and can improve concentration, relieve stress, act as an antidepressant and more. Music, be it, listening or expressing is an aspect of the soul.
On the molecular level listening to music improves our mental well-being and physical health. Enjoyment goes far beyond the present moment, as it directly influences the outcome of our hormones and cognitive functioning.
Music when used as a therapeutic tool is one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help children improve their physical and mental health. Music therapists primarily help by using both active and passive music experiences such as free improvisation, song, dance, listening, and discussion of music to reach for a happy state.
1 Music therapist sings a carnatic based song to bring in healing through his voice and tones to soothe.
2 The children and teachers sing together playing rhythm instruments
3 Children explore playing keyboard in both a free flow and a structured manner.
4 Children are encouraged to sing along using karaoke.