Mental Health Professionals’ Network: Music

Mental Health Professionals’ Network, Coffs Harbour Collaborative Network Meeting
2hrs of PD 

Coordinator: Dr Tom Benjamin
Topic:  Expressive Therapies – Music

The flurry of press releases in 2017-18 give the impression that in the treatment of Depression everything ‘works’ – except, sadly, poor old placebo. If you believe the hype, everything now seems to beat placebo. Drugs, psychotherapy, exercize, art, bright lights, and music all vie for consideration. This session reviews one of the 20th Century’s key musical innovations – karaoke. In many therapeutic settings, the karaoke machine has become a common denominator. While few people can play musical instruments, and few of those can accompany a singer, the karaoke machine provides thousands of studio backing tracks at the push of a button.

The issues regarding the potential of karaoke are reviewed in this article: therapy