Getting Your Groove Back

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 9:48am

Students sing the praises of musical therapy.

Bryant Williams says music is ingrained in his soul.

He was in a band that toured the nation, but that wasn't enough.

"When I had fans or people come up and say, 'This song that you wrote or these lyrics really touched me,' it clicked something in me that goes, 'Well, maybe I shouldn't be doing music for myself. There are other benefits for other people out there,'" he says.

Bryant is now studying music therapy at Texas Woman's University.

Students are raising awareness for the profession that uses music as a tool to transform lives.

"We treat physical needs. We treat cognitive, emotional, and we treat social needs," he explains.

"The music therapist goes into a therapeutic situation with a specific goal that music is used to address," adds Dr. Nancy Hadsell.

Dr. Hadsell says that music stimulates areas of the brain that other treatments may not touch.

Therapists can't get away with playing just one instrument.

They must know how to play the guitar as well as percussion instruments and the piano.

"You never know what kind of instrument will appeal to one individual and not to another," explains graduate student Audrey Lacky.

Lacky is turning her passion into a profession.

"Music had to be incorporated in my life, my vocation somewhere. It's in my body, in my soul," she says.

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