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Music Therapy, Mental Health, and University Students

Apr 13, 2020

Prevalence

 Mental health issues are incredibly prevalent in the post-secondary student population and are only expected to continue rising. In Ontario alone, mental health disabilities in post-secondary students has increased by over 50% since 2013 (1). In fact, youth aged 15-24 are the most at-risk group for mental illness and substance abuse disorders (2). Student mental health is a diverse issue which not only affects the institutions that students are situated at, but society as a whole (1). Mental health disorders can impact an individual’s ability to work and contribute to...

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Music Therapy & Anxiety

Mar 20, 2020

What is Anxiety? 

We often hear words like “anxiety” being thrown around in daily conversations that we engage in or even in discussions we overhear. It is important to properly understand what anxiety is before exploring the role of music therapy for anxiety. Anxiety can be an emotional response to certain stressful situations which may cause worry.1 Commonly, individuals may experience some anxiety when they are about to take an important test, for example.1 This can be classified as state anxiety, because the anxiety is brought on by a specific situation and normally...

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Effectiveness of Music Therapy on Pediatric Postoperative Distress

Jul 09, 2019

 

As a student of health sciences specializing in child health, as well as an avid disciple of classical music performance, I found myself gravitating toward the field of music therapy during my undergraduate years. It was a perfect intersection between healthcare and music, and led me to do my senior year thesis project on it. The topic of the project, What is the effectiveness of music therapy on pediatric postoperative distress?, encompassed all of my passions; music, healthcare, and child health. Part of my project was conducting a systematic literature review on this topic.

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A Whole New World

Jun 05, 2019

My name is Zachary Brown, and I am a grade 12 student at Sir John A. MacDonald
secondary school as well as an aspiring music therapist. Recently I was able to experience two whole new sides of music therapy that I hadn't been exposed to before.

During one of my visits to a long term care facility that I've been volunteering at, I got to sit in on a one on one session between Laura, the facility's music therapist and one of their residents. I got to see Laura work alongside the physiotherapist that works there as well, while they worked with another resident. Both of these experiences...

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What Am I Doing?

May 01, 2019
As a music therapist at the beginning of my career, I have already experienced amazing highs, discouraging moments, and plenty of twists and turns. I knew music therapy was a career I wanted to pursue when I was thirteen years old. My physiotherapist at the time began to talk to me about music therapy. Though the profession very much intrigued me, I really had no idea what being a music therapist looked like. Despite so many unknowns, there were two things I knew for certain: I loved working with children and I knew music could be incredibly therapeutic. So why not combine the two!
 
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For Cause Not Applause

Apr 04, 2019

I was first introduced to music therapy in high school. As part of a grade 10 music project, we were asked to choose a career in music and write a report about it. My music teacher suggested I write about music therapy since I was interested in health sciences. I wrote the report and thought that music therapy was cool, but I still really wanted to be a doctor. Over time, I started revisiting music therapy as a potential career choice. After more research and soul searching, I decided music therapy was something I wished to pursue. I completed a co-op with Rachael Finnerty at the music...

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