What You Need to Know About Music Therapy


Music therapy is a subject that has gained a lot of attention lately, especially after many research papers that proved its efficiency were published. If you do not know much about the topic, this inclusive article is just what you need, as it is packed with info that you need to know about the matter.


It is an accredited health care profession

Despite general beliefs, music therapy has been an accredited profession ever since the ‘50s. Therefore, it can only be conducted by those that have received the required qualifications. In the USA, there are currently around 5,000 board-certified music therapists whose services you can use.


It can benefit all, even healthy people

One thing that you might want to remember is that music therapy is not only meant to be utilized by musicians. In fact, most people that actually benefit from the assistance of certified musical therapists are regular people that have no links to music, professionally speaking.

On top of that, the specialists argue that music therapy is also suitable for healthy people as it can help them express feelings that they find challenging to put into words.


What does it imply?

A musical therapist generally works with a client to create/produce a piece of music. Therefore, on the one hand, it can be regarded as a process that results in the creation of a song, or the improvising of one. On the other hand, music therapy also implies a receptive process. To put it differently, during the therapy process, the therapist offers various listening experiences that might help the client relax or discuss certain feelings.

Musical therapy can be used in individual sessions as well as in group sessions, in accordance with one’s preferences.


It is effective

Numerous studies that have been published recently pointed out that music therapy is an effective method of treating patients. The reason why this form of treatment is efficient has to do with the fact that all people out there love expressing themselves through music. After all, we all have a couple of favorite songs that we feel speak a lot about who we are.

Moreover, music is said to help with lack of motivation, and it can affect us emotionally, spiritually, cognitively and even physically. According to researchers, music can stimulate brain waves and, thus, it can make people more alert.

Health benefits

When played in conjunction with one’s movements or words, music is said to help one improve his/her speech and even physical balance. Even more so, it can promote emotional healing, and it can supply the utilizers with a way to take their minds off the pain that they might be experiencing.

Music can always diminish the stress levels one might be feeling. Because of this, many licensed professionals work in various sectors such as schools, prisons or offices.


The new Led Zeppelin – Greta van Fleet


Controversy may be good or not so good for a new band, but for Greta van Fleet, the Michigan-based rock enterprise consisting of four members, it looks like the former. For many people, the first chords of Highway Tune are proof enough that Greta van Fleet sounds just like Led Zeppelin. However, the band members proved hesitant in admitting the influence the legendary group had on how they shaped their sound.


Robert Plant gives his approval

The young members of Greta van Fleet might have nothing to worry about, though, no matter how much some may want to accuse them of being nothing but a rip-off of Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant, the Led Zep singer, practically gave his blessing, in a 2018 interview.

Especially regarding Josh Kiszka’s voice, Plant says that the newcomer learned from the best. At the same time, the rock legend doesn’t condemn the similarities that many people see between Greta van Fleet and Led Zeppelin.

So it seems that no matter how much some might have tried to turn this into a controversy that was supposed to sign a costly bill for fame for the post-millennial rock band, with Robert Plant’s blessing, they will continue to sing and show what they are truly made of.


Not an overwhelming influence?

It looks like so far, the singer of Greta van Fleet tries to be a diplomat. Although he admits that Led Zeppelin was one of the influences that shaped up the band’s music, he also says that it’s not an overwhelming influence. Now that might make some audiophiles either doubt their ability to sense the sensible similarities between the two rock bands between which more than half of century of music lies, or make them decided to call out Josh Kiszka.


How did they receive Robert Plant’s seal of approval?

We live in a world where word travels fast. And seeing that we have smartphones, social media, and so many media outlets ready to transmit the latest tidbit of information at the speed of the fastest computers in the world, it’s no wonder that what Robert Plant said about Greta van Fleet reached the young musicians’ years.

While the singer Josh Kiszka was modest and tried to take the compliment offered generously by Led Zeppelin’s famous vocalist with the necessary humbleness dictated by the situation, his twin brother lightened up the air by telling him that he should be pleased seeing that Plant is some grumpy old Englishman.


The guitarist is a fan of Jimmy Page

While the entire group tried to downplay the similarities between them and the famous rock group, Josh’s twin, Jake, also the guitarist, admits that he is a big fan of Jimmy Page, but he was also influenced by other big names, like Jimmy Hendrix, and Eric Clapton.

With a new album in the works, Greta van Fleet has nothing to worry about. And seeing that Robert Plant doesn’t have a problem with them being influenced by Led Zeppelin, no one else should have one, either.


Music festivals to go to by the end of 2018


Music festivals have been an important part of the youngsters’ culture ever since the 1960s and they continued to grow in popularity by the decade. They represent the ultimate form of freedom combined with good music, friends, and non-stop partying. They are also a great place to experiment, meet new people from across the globe, and indulge in delicious foods that will ruin your diet and body goals.

Unfortunately, if you just decided to try this experience in 2018, find out that there isn’t too much time left. Some of the world’s most popular music festivals are already waiting for their 2019 edition, but there are still some hidden gems worth mentioning. Here are some of the festivals you can still go to if you hurry up and pack your bags.


Afropunk Fest (August 25-26)

Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, the Afropunk Fest is a unique combination of music and fashion. It is perfect for those who put in a lot of effort to create the perfect festival outfit. The final festival to close the summer, Afropunk Fest will certainly gather plenty of interesting people, artists, and socialites.

Ibeyi, Janelle Monae, Jaden & Willow Smith or Daniel Caesar are just some of the people that will be attending the 2018 edition of Afropunk Fest.


Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (September 22-23)

What better way to start the autumn if not with a great combination of good music, delicious local food, and fine arts? The festival takes place in Franklin, Tennessee, and this year’s line-up is an interesting combination of bands and singers.

Don’t miss the authentic festival experience and enjoy the concert of Justin Timberlake. The festival stages will be filled with southern blue artists, Nashville country enthusiasts, and plenty of popular indie-rock bands.


Austin City Limits Festival (October 5 -14)

If you thought good music festivals will be over by the end of the summer, you clearly need to learn a lot more about the American culture. Austin City Limits is a highly popular festival that gathers dozens of thousands of people every year. Last year’s amazing performance of rapper Jay Z certainly set the bar high so we’re looking forward to this year’s surprises that include Metallica, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney, and Disturbed.

The festival is perfect for people who listen to various music genres, from rap and dance to rock, country, and R&B.

And when you’re not watching the live performance of your favorite band or artist, you can have a taste of the famous Texan hospitality. The Food Court area includes a wide selection of traditional and international dishes, as well as various options for vegans.


The story of a legend – ABBA


Many music bands have come and gone, but not that many are what we can call legendary ones. ABBA is certainly such an example, with its famous four members and the beloved hits released during the 70’s and 80’s.

The band is one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping charts worldwide between 1974 and 1982, and reaching countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

The story

ABBA is an acronym of the initial letters of band members’ first names – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. This success story began in the spring of 1969, when Björn and Benny met the two women who were to become their fiancées, as well as the other half of ABBA.

Agnetha Fältskog had released her first single in 1967 and was a successful solo singer, while Frida, who was of Norwegian origin but had moved to Sweden at a very early age, had already started her recording career as well.

Agnetha and Björn were married in July 1971, while Benny and Frida didn’t get married until October 1978.

In 1974, the group entered the Melodifestivalen with the song Waterloo, which took them all the way to the Eurovision finals in Brighton, England. The Eurovision Song Contest which took place on April 6th, 1974 turned out to be one of the most famous moments in the band’s history, as Waterloo won over the international jury.

After this moment, the single topped charts all over Europe, even reaching the Top Ten in the US, even though the Contest had no impact there. Their album of the same name also became a massive hit in Sweden. 18 months later, the band got another major worldwide hit with SOS. The song was included on their third album, named ABBA.

The single Mamma Mia of the same album brought the group at the top of the UK charts where it stayed for a total of nine times between 1974 and 1980. Mamma Mia was also the number one song for ten weeks in charts across Australia.


The end and the future

Given that sometimes success can be a tricky thing that can strain a relationship, both couples eventually divorced. Once this happened, the four talented artists realized it was no longer fun for them to work together, and ABBA disbanded in December 1982.

Although the band’s fans might still hope for a final reunion of the band, there’s a chance that this might not happen. On the other hand, it appears that ABBA’s members do have something in mind for the near future, so let’s just hope that their plans will work out fine and that we’ll enjoy some new ABBA music.


Online resources for learning how to play a musical instrument


If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, playing a musical instrument is definitely a good way to spend your spare time. Unfortunately, it may take you longer to learn the basics of instruments once you pass a certain age but, as opposed to children, you have plenty of resources which you can rely on, other than expensive music lessons.

And, whether you’re thinking about the guitar, the piano, the cello or the mandolin, there are numerous online websites that can teach you how to play. Here are some of the most trustworthy, and you’ll only need time and determination to sound like a true pro in no time.

Start with the basics

Learning to play an instrument doesn’t occur overnight, no matter how devoted you are. You’ll still have to start with the foundation, especially if you don’t know anything about musical instruments in general. So, the best way to begin is by finding the right instrument for you.

If you’re a newbie, I suggest picking up drums, mandolins or electric keyboards. They are the easiest to learn and you’ll only require some good online tutorials.

Read Music Free is a great online resource to teach you the basics of music, especially how to read music sheets. There are plenty of useful tutorials that show you step-by-step how to reach different music notes and how to play using a sheet. All lessons are free and designed for beginners, so you shouldn’t have trouble following the instructions.


The most popular instruments

Keep in mind that opting for popular musical instruments gives you greater chances to find what you’re looking for in online tutorials. The guitar and the drums are by far the most in-demand instruments, so it comes as no surprise that dozens, hundreds of websites focus on offering free lessons for them.

If you’re choosing a less ordinary instrument such as the organ or the tuba, it might take you longer to get all the information you need from free Youtube videos. You might even have to pay to have access to quality tutorials taught by professionals, so you could just pick the regular classes with real teachers instead.

For drummers, Free Drum Lessons or Virtual Drumming are the most useful online resources. They are perfect for beginners and intermediate players who either want to learn the basics or expand their repertoires and improve their skills.

If you decided on a more classical instrument such as the violin, Violin Lab offers numerous lessons for all levels of musicians, along with useful explanations. All you’ll require is patience and a reliable violin (or electric violin).