Description: Music is a universal multicultural experience that can serve as a bridge to the development of new insights and behaviors (J. M. Brown, 2001; Silverman, 2008). It is most simply described as "the appreciation of sound" (Beaulieu, 1987, p. 13). Making music is a creative act as is listening in an active way. Both involve being sensitive and responsive to the cacophony of rhythm that occurs spontaneously in nature and purposely in human interactions (Schneck & Berger, 2006). On its most basic level, music is a nonverbal medium (Vanger, Oerter, Otto, Schmidt, & Czogalik, 1995). It has been used in various ways since the beginning of time to communicate and express feelings (Gfeller, 2002b; Silverman, 2008). Indeed, many civilizations and people have been defined by the types of music they developed, for example, classical music, and the part that music played in their lives. On a global level, some of today's popular music is significant in creating a sense of cultural identity, for example, hip-hop or rap.
Appreciate the role of music as a counseling and therapeutic technique
Examine the various ways in which music can be used in counseling
Source: The Creative Arts in Counseling, Fourth Edition, by Samuel T. Gladding