The winter holidays seem to pull us to music like no other season. Each celebration evokes holiday songs that range from the silly to the spiritual. We learn many of these songs as children and retain them into old age. Music stays with us throughout our lives, with the power to positively affect hearing, learning, and emotions across the lifespan. When we are in need of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive support, music therapists may use the power of music to help us heal. We all listen to (and often participate) in music because the melody and/or the lyrics stir powerful and meaningful emotions within us.
What especially draws us to music this time of year? Reasons abound: remembrance of past holidays, religious and spiritual connections, camaraderie with other musicians, and the simple joy of music that lifts us with messages of hope and happiness. Because music speaks to so many in so many ways, our gift to you this holiday season is a heightened awareness of music's power to affect the way we feel, the way we learn, and the way we think.
May music bring joy and wellness to you and your loved ones!
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