It recently came to our attention that a talk was just recently conducted by a Music Therapist, who claimed to be trained in the U.S. Of particular interest, he claimed his music could “cure” and sold CDs of up to $1000 to attendees.
Music Therapy is NOT about just listening to CDs. While passive listening to music is one of the many ways in which music is used, more often than not, active interventions are used, e.g. playing instruments, singing, improvising, composing, etc. Current Music Therapy practice is NOT based on specific tones or frequencies that “cure” – but more the musical encounter as experienced by the client within the context of a therapeutic relationship.
Hence, do not fall prey to such CD sales claiming to be “Music Therapy”. If anyone tells you that his/her music can cure one’s illness or disease, etc… please exercise caution. This person is probably NOT a qualified Music Therapist. Please see links on this blog about what IS Music Therapy and what it is not. (https://singaporemusictherapy.wordpress.com/press-release-what-is-music-therapy/) Having accurate information about Music Therapy will save you a lot of money!
Author: Ng, W.F. (2007)