Listening to certain pieces of music live, with the advice of specialists, helps to improve and regulate some emotional and physical aspects, such as self-esteem, in people suffering from various pathologies, as explained by Professor Cristina Villalba Quesada, who has coordinated the course. Introduction to Applied Music Therapy, taught during the Summer Courses of the Pablo de Olavide University.

Villalba believes that music therapy is a discipline, whose effects are increasingly known thanks to various research and doctoral studies, conducted by students who have been interested in this therapy.

In the opinion of the specialist, music therapy is currently immersed in a phase of "professional accreditation", and its application requires minimal musical training, such as having studied at a conservatory, or knowing in depth an instrument, which accredits the therapist's training . With this minimum knowledge of music, professionals specialized in nursing, psychology, social work, pedagogy, etc., could develop their work as music therapists.

Recent research considers that music therapy is effective in treating diseases such as depression or Alzheimer's

The professor, who intends to promote the incorporation of music therapy to university studies, as well as its social and professional recognition, has explained that recent research on this discipline consider it an effective tool in the treatment of diseases such as depression, or Alzheimer's disease, and in problems derived from some traumatic brain injury, as well as helping sectors of the population such as babies, the disabled or the elderly. According to Villalba, music therapy contributes to the well-being of people suffering from chronic pathologies and that of patients who have to remain hospitalized for prolonged periods of time.


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