Hip Hop Music Combined With Music Therapy






     The use of music in therapy has been studied and is being practiced currently. The positive effects that music can have on the human body are being used to assist in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Breathing and heart rate are effected as well as other systems in the human body. Studies have been conducted on a more genre specific type of therapy known as hip hop therapy. The studies suggest that when used in a group treatment setting with at risk youths there can be a positive outcome.

In order to understand how hip hop music is beneficial to treatment we must first understand the effects music therapy has on the human body. The beat of a song actually has an effect on our brainwave activity. A beat with a faster tempo will cause the brain to become more alert and increases concentration. Slower tempo's will cause relaxation. The human body will actually respond by slowing down the heart rate and breathing which reduces the effects of stress. Studies also show that music can lower blood pressure and help boost the bodies immune system as well. People that suffer from anxiety can experience a more positive state of mind which can assist in reducing their anxiety levels. Another benefit is that the effects music has on the body continue to have an effect even after the music has stopped.

With an understanding about the benefits music therapy has on the body, we can begin to understand how hip hop music can be an effective tool in treatment. Hip hop music is continually growing in popularity as a genre. Hip hop therapy has been being used when working with at risk youths in a group treatment setting. The response is that of excitement to be involved in these groups. One of the factors to take note of is that the rap music used in these groups is of a positive nature. At risk youths are more receptive to the use of hip hop music in therapy when it is the genre of music that they prefer to listen to. One of the aspects of this study was the interaction with each other. The youths would talk about the lyrics and the messages in the rap songs. They would also talk about how it related to their own life. Some of the youth's involved in these hip hop therapy studies were actually inspired to write and discuss their own songs.

Rap and hip hop music might have a negative stereotype attached to it. While there is validity to the idea that negative rap has a negative effect, positive hip hop music can be an effective tool for practitioners to use when working with at risk youths. The youths in these studies have been more willing to participate in hip hop therapy groups. The popularity for the art form is continually growing. Hip hop therapy is very similar to bibliotherapy. Bibliotherapy utilizes poetry and the interpretations of it. The structure of the lyrics in hip hop music can be interpreted as a form of poetry. When combined with the therapeutic effects music has on the body, hip hop music therapy can have a positive effect on people.






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By Edward Johnson. Blue is a hip hop artist signed to the label 3 Entertainment Inc. He is releasing an album called The Message for his new music in 2014. He is gaining popularity for his inspirational lyrics and positive messages. Blue's official website is the best place to learn more about him.


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