I Wished Music Therapy Wasn’t Real

I was sitting there staring at the computer screen. I couldn’t believe my eyes.  

I have no idea how this happened, but I stumbled upon this thing called music therapy.

And in that moment, I wished I hadn’t found it.

Music Therapy

Don’t get me wrong, music therapy is amazing. This is where people use music as a therapeutic tool to help others heal and cope.

The late Oliver Sacks, a physician and the author of Musicophilia, knew music therapy was a legit health care approach. He said music therapy is “a tool of great power in many neurological disorders” including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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This, to me, is fascinating. And that’s exactly why I, at first, regretted finding out that music therapy existed.

You see, I had been hating school ever since it started. I had Senioritis since freshman year, and I was already on my third major. And I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be a journalist (my career of choice).

So when I heard about this career path that blended my love of music with helping people, I was both stoked and let down at the same time. I was nearing the end of my college career and I didn’t want to start from scratch with a new career focus.

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Dang it, I thought. I wish I knew that music therapy was a thing like four years ago. I almost wish it weren’t a real thing.

But of course, I wasn’t really wishing music therapy into non-existence. I was just annoyed it was too late for me.

Music therapy helps so many people and I’m not going to stand in its way. I want everyone who needs music therapy to have access to it. It’s one of the most intriguing and powerful types of therapy out there.

If I’m ever in a life situation that requires me to go to therapy, I want it to be music therapy.


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