What Is Music Therapy?
Music therapy an allied health profession that utilizes the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well being (the Australian Music Therapy Association). Individuals do not need to have any musical background or skill to benefit from or participate in music therapy. Music therapists use a variety of methods such as live music, relaxation, imagery, singing, music assisted counseling, song writing and instrumental playing/improvisation to address a range of non musical goals. These include socialization, communication (verbal/non verbal), relaxation, stimulation, pain/stress management, emotional well being, self expression, physical, motor and cognitive skills.
Where Do Music Therapists Work?
Music therapists work in a wide range of settings. You may find music therapists in special education, adult disability, aged care, hospitals, brain injury, drug and alcohol services, mental health, palliative care, oncology, and early intervention programs for at risk children.
Music Therapy And Stroke?
In stroke rehabilitation, elements of music may be used to enhance the recovery of motor, cognitive and speech functions. Music may also be used to reduce anxiety, depression, and pain perception. Music making with a group, such as stroke a chord, provides stroke survivors with an opportunity to experience enhanced socialization, increased self-esteem and participation in meaningful activities.
Want To Know More?
For more information on music therapy or to find a music therapist please go to:
Making Music Being Well – An initiative of the AMTA and ‘Music. Play for Life’
Music, Mind & Wellbeing – University of Melbourne
‘Where words fail, music speaks’ (Hans Christian Anderson)
Anneliis (Music Therapist – Stroke A Chord)
Music Therapy Articles and Resources
Working in Harmony – A group of musicians and scientists have joined forces to revolutionise the role that music plays in society (University of Melbourne).
Music: the key to wellbeing – Herald Sun article on the health benefits of music (21 April 2012)
Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era – Amazing transformation from an older man at a nursing home when introduce to music from his era
Music Therapy for Stroke – Research has shown the ability of music therapy to increase positive social interactions, positive emotions, and motivation in stroke patients.
Music Therapy helps patients find voice – New research has begun to show that music therapy techniques may have sparked the key to rehabilitation for patients with brain damage (31 Jan 2012)
Singing May Help Some Stroke Survivors Regain Speech – Singing after stroke? Why rhythm and formulaic phrases may be more important than melody – new research from Germany (22 Sept 2011)
Music Therapy Helps Gabrielle Giffords Find Her Voice After Tucson Shooting – Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the left hemisphere of her brain, is finding her voice through song.
Musician Lynn Morris Finds Her Voice – Article on Musician and Stroke Survivor Lynn Morris who finds her voice again (Aug 2011)
Music Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Recover – A Red Orbit piece on melodic intonation therapy.
Song therapy restores speech in stroke victims – A an article from The Age about restoring speech in stroke survivors in the US.
Stroke Patients Benefit From Music Therapy – Another article by Kristin Royce on the theory behind music as a therapy for stroke survivors.
The Use of Music Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation – Article includes Music Therapy History, Music and the Brain, Key Citations and types of Music Therapy (released March 2011)