How music therapy helps heal

Music is a powerful medium, explains registered music therapist Caley Garden.

Garden is the founder of an NPO called MusicWorks, which uses music interventions to help develop youth in Cape Town's marginalised communities.

Music therapy is the therapeutic application and use of music to help people of all ages and with various conditions. It can be used clinically to help address conditions with a psychological, physical or neurological basis, Garden advises.

She says that music therapist help others accomplish individualised goals through a tailored programme.

We use music clinically to achieve non-music goals.

Caley Garden, founder and registered music therapist at Musicworks

We use music as our tool to achieve similar goals to other therapists - cognitive, emotional, motor and other.

Caley Garden, founder and registered music therapist at Musicworks

Music activates almost all parts of the brain. When other parts of the brain damaged, they can still respond to music.

Caley Garden, founder and registered music therapist at Musicworks

She discusses the music therapy industry in SA and describes the different techniques used.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How music therapy helps heal


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