Music Therapy Vs Art Therapy

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In modern society, audio and visual media appears everywhere; it is very rare for a piece of technology to be developed without incorporating such artistic elements into it. It has become a feature of life, that art is everywhere and technology cannot be without art, either visual or audio. By asking someone the simple question: would you rather be blind or deaf, you are forcing them to imagine a world in which technology has to exist both with and without art, a world in which they depend solely on either the musical elements of life or the visual art aspect. This question can result in many philosophical responses, delving into the psychological and even the spiritual. Personally, it took a long time for me to come down on one side of the…show more content…
Many studies of the effects of music therapy on those who are born deaf-blind show profound improvement in the areas of cognitive development and the ability to communicate. “Teaching the whole body through body movements in order to perceive musical vibrations, rhythms, musical dynamics or any musical element is a way of helping a deaf individual to construct his/her own concepts of music and consequently understand them. Movement and music used together to motivate and help a child to control his/her own body can be a particularly valuable means of express for a…show more content…
The deaf community are as heavily influenced my music as those who are not hearing impaired. A well-constructed piece of music will provoke a physical and psychological response beyond hearing. The vibrations created by the base notes can be so powerful that they become as important to the musical experience as the audible notes themselves. This is why it is so integral to most music that it is listened to through high-quality speakers and amps, so the listener can get the full experience the music is meant to provide; a physical and an auditory one. This too is proved by the popularity of live concerts. The use of massive amps create vibrations so strong that the musical experience is unparalleled by a recoding being played out of ordinary speakers. This is how the deaf and hearing-impaired experience music. Music, in this way, is universal. It is a language which as the power to effect any person who can access it. With visual art, a level of education is important to understand some of the most coveted paintings/sculptures on earth. Whereas with music, the message can be interpreted in whichever way the listener feels. It means something different to every person who listens to it. Visual art is much more limiting in this

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