Music Therapy and Conventional Healthcare Approaches

Tunde Krasznai, an accomplished concert pianist, has studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Montclair State University, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While attending the latter, Tunde Krasznai worked for the Gluck Outreach Program. In that capacity, she engaged in music therapy performances in the community with the collaboration of the UCLA Neuroscience Department.

Music therapy is a practice that leverages the emotional and structural components of music (including its rhythms and melodies) to help promote and restore health. Various studies have demonstrated the positive effects of music on people of different ages and circumstances. Patients with the following conditions have benefited from music therapy.

1. Chronic pain

Listening to music can increase the levels of dopamine and oxytocin, which have the natural capacity to mitigate pain and decrease anxiety. Studies support music therapy as a strong supplement, if not an alternative, to traditional pain medications.

2. Depression

Music therapy can similarly help individuals battling depression. Research has demonstrated its ability to lower blood pressure levels and reduce heart and respiratory rates. Moreover, researchers have found that music therapy significantly increases the efficacy of standard treatment practices.

3. Alzheimer’s Disease
Professionals in the fields of psychology and neuroscience have also found that music therapy can help minimize Alzheimer’s patients’ need for medication. Studies have revealed the positive effects of music. They include the facilitation of cognitive function and the management of agitation.