Music Therapy
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What is Music Therapy?

The American Music Therapy Association states that "Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."1

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • promote wellness
  • manage stress
  • alleviate pain
  • express feelings
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication
  • promote physical rehabilitation.
  • Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings.

Historically, music has been used to provide relief and relaxation for many centuries but began in its modern-day form after WWI. Musicians were hired to play in veteran's hospitals and it...

Music therapy can be used in conjunction with medications, as a means to reduce the amount of medication taken or even to serve as the primary method for treating depression.1

 
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