Only four of California’s thousands of colleges offer a music therapy degree. One of those places is University Of The Pacific in Stockton. I visited a counselor, a student, and spoke with a Sacramento based graduate of that school. The value of music for reminiscence purposes and for children to learn classical instruments is well known, but according to these three people, those are only the tip of the iceberg.
The terms Vibro/Neuroacoustic and Brainwave Entrainment are just two of many scientific practices music therapists use. Music therapy has been shown to have physiological effects on heart-rate, blood pressure, immune system response, pain relief, neurological function, and emotional and physical healing. Adherents claim it is the equivalent of Ativan for relaxation and ibuprofen for pain, and hardcore adherents claim much more.
In his work with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Doctor Oliver Sacks (portrayed by Robin Williams in ‘Awakenings’) said: