A Healing Art
As part of the "National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military,” Americans for the Arts invited musicians to play songs at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for music therapy. The program also teaches patients how to play musical instruments, and many have expressed how much music has helped them through their recovery process. Music therapy was first developed as a profession in WWI, and in the 1930’s scientists discovered that certain sounds had huge healing properties. Now there are more than 5,000 music therapists in the U.S., treating physical and mental conditions.
The Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2014