Music is different from other art forms because it has to be experienced to be appreciated. Paintings or sculptures can be
seen, but music has to be heard and felt. Music has always been known to have an effect on various parts of the body and
music therapy is based on the idea that a person responds to music in different ways depending on the music being played.
Marches are played at football games and parades while lullabyes are sung at bedtime for small children. Obviously there's
a reason why certain songs are played for certain occasions. Just as there are three aspects to the human being - body, mind
and soul - so too are there three aspects to music that correspond to our three-fold nature.
To have a perfectly balanced piece of music, rhythm, melody, harmony and have to be part of the arrangement.
Body, Mind, and Soul
Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony
These also correspond to:
Willing,Thinking, and Feeling
Knowledge of a child's spiritual nature is important when selecting music to be played in the home, bedroom, office or
clinic. Some songs affect us deeply; we're moved as we are by a sunset or rainbow. Others make us move our feet and legs
and we are stimulated to dance. Still others remind us of things in our past - good or bad.
Children with Autism, ADD and Asperger's Syndrome respond to music. They love it and usually have their favorite songs
or classical pieces. Music, art and respectful communication, even if it appears to be a monologue, are all important elements
of successful remedial therapies.