Music Therapy In The Reading Term Paper

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According to this conception, the musical meaning of our Beethoven melody would lie in its expressing the feeling of joy, with power far exceeding that of Schiller's poem and of all words. The key to understanding the process that makes the tones of this melody a melody at all, a piece of music, we found not in the relation of the tones to any particular feeling but in the relation of the tone e to the tone d (Zuckerkandl, 1956).

Music and the "life" behind it is so interpretational. The more that I read the writings of Zuckerkandl I realize the significance of something as small as a tone. To truly understand how one piece of music can be interpreted in numerous ways by different people. One piece of music or even a small melody can invoke a conglomerate of emotions, from one person to another. There are pieces of music that can bring you to tears or feelings of pure elation.

Music therapy has the implications of being quite significant. However, I see there being a few problems in the structure of the theory. If it is so possible for there to be so many different interpretations in music, then it is only fair to say what music would work in therapy. Zuckerkandl also refers to how
...Considering this allows one to see that here in itself is a flaw in the whole ideology of it all. How can you use something in a field for which you feel there is no significant, or correlation? There has to be a way to bring the two ideals together to make one working "machine." There also needs to be a clear understanding of the significance of music in therapy and how the effects of music can be used to benefit a "living organism.

In my opinion, music is something so natural and pure. It has its place in the physical world with the understanding of its natural structure. The amazing part about it is all in the interpretation of the one listening to the piece of music. That to me is the truly amazing aspect, the fact that one piece of music can be interpreted in numerous ways, it can be felt by some and others may have no emotion what so ever. The fact that each piece of music can be so different from another should be respected in itself. When in fact, the only difference can be something as small as the order of the notes and the key configuration, to the pitch and the environment from whence it was created. Music therapy has its place and should be respected for its strengths and studied for its weaknesses. Once we have a true understanding and respect for music and its components, only then will we effectively be able to use music therapy fully.


Zuckerkandl, V. (1956).…

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Zuckerkandl, V. (1956). Sound and Symbol.: Princeton University Press.

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