The music as primitive means of expression and communication but also as an art shows and releases emotions. It has the power to mobilize, trigger and relax. Research shows that while the language primarily activates one of the two hemispheres of the brain, the music activates many different parts, causing interactions between them.
Music Therapy is the evidence-based therapeutic intervention that uses music in an appropriate way to help the child, adolescent or adult to improve the emotional, social, physical, mental and spiritual health and condition and enhance the quality of life. It is performed only by a qualified music therapist, who has excellent knowledge of music and has trained in specialized graduate program in music therapy. In contrast, for the participation of a person in music therapy sessions it is not necessary to have any knowledge of music or of a musical instrument.
The creative expression through activities such as improvisation with musical instruments, singing, creating lyrics and songs, and music listening, always with the support and guidance of music therapists, contributew to the achievement of individual goals. In the music therapy room there are several musical instruments (such as piano, guitar, percussion, etc.). In Philippos Nakas Conservatory we can also use music technology, with the potential of digital recording and writing songs of the participants in mp3 format and / or Audio CD.
The musical activities are an attractive incentive for participation and it is obvious that children who resist other forms of treatment take part with joy and excitement in the courses.
Music Therapy can be basic or complementary therapy. Its contribution to improving the quality of life of the individual is important, regardless of the emotional, social, physical, mental and spiritual health and condition, alongside with other therapeutic interventions such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychotherapy ( Psaltopoulou, D., 2012).
Head of the Music Therapy Department is music therapist Pelina Evangelou, founding member of the Greek Association of Graduate Professional Music Therapists (ESPEM) and member of the American Music Therapy Association-AMTA. Pelina Evangelou holds a degree in Advanced Theory of Music and has also studied Piano, Guitar, Music for Theatre - Film Scoring and Music Technology. She has attended Music Therapy courses at the Department of Arts and Sciences of Deree College, and the three-year Graduate Educational Program of Music Therapy at the Center of Music Therapy in Thessaloniki in cooperation with the relevant Postgraduate Program of New York University (USA) and then studied at the Postgraduate Department of New York University in New York, U.S.A.. She works as a music therapist since 2001 in the U.S. and Greece and has participated as a lecturer at conferences and meetings.
Research Associate: Dora Psaltopoulou, Music Therapist PhD, MA-CMT, Music Therapy Lecturer at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.