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Music and our brain: A conversation with a Milwaukee music therapist

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Music has always held a special place in our lives, serving as a constant companion through the highs and lows. From childhood memories to moments of celebration and solace, certain songs deliver a phenomenal and lasting impact.

Personally, listening to Fairuz takes me back to my childhood kitchen. I can picture myself helping with the cooking, slicing tomatoes (a skill I haven’t perfected yet), and swaying along with my mother and sister. These songs provide a sense of inner peace that words alone cannot capture.

But beyond enjoyment, there exists a world where music is a powerful tool for healing and self-expression based on clinical and evidence-based practices: music therapy.

In this episode of Uniquely Milwaukee, I interview Milwaukee music therapist Mackenzie Kojis about the profound impact of music therapy, why music is the last memory that fades, and how music therapy goes beyond listening to music.

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