Music Therapy

As someone who was very interested in theatre and music growing up, I was always hearing about the connection between music and therapy.  Music therapists help different people overcome or cope with a variety of problems in a unique way through music.  It has been used anywhere from helping people talk again to helping cancer patients experience less pain and have a happier journey through their cancer treatments.  Music therapists can work anywhere from schools to hospital (American Music Therapy Association).  In order to become a licensed music therapist, one must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in the study of music therapy.  There are many standards and codes that a music therapist must abide to, as most therapists must.  Additionally, it is assumed that a music therapist would have a specific area of interest and a specific type of patient they would enjoy teaching.  But, music therapists have to be ready to shift their means of therapy based on the patient’s needs (American Music Therapy Association).


If, for example, a music therapist wanted to specialize in helping people speak, then they may try to first teach them to sing.  Often times it may be easier for a patient to start to hum sentences repeated by the therapist.  After that, they may eventually, start to try and sing the words with the therapist.  This has proven to be a great remedy to help people speak again after a traumatic incident such as a stroke.  A good example of that can be found here.  After suffering from a stoke, Peter is learning to speak again through music.

Music therapy has proven successful with patients ranging from autism, military, Alzheimer’s, mental health, children, and pain.  Music therapy is a beautiful thing that is starting to become more recognized.  There are many parts of music that help music therapy be so successful.  As someone who has been heavily involved in many aspects of music for most of my life, I can imagine the ways aspects of music can help improve speech.  Things such as dynamics, rhythm, and melody could most definitely help patients.  The great thing about music therapy is that there is always room for improvement.  For example, once a patient begins to pick up a melody, the music therapist can change the melody or make it more difficult.

Music therapy is turning into a phenomenon which is becoming more and more successful and widely used.  With more understanding of how it works and how to get through to patients with many different issues, music therapy can continue to grow and become a great healing mechanism.

Works Cited:

“American Music Therapy Association.” American Music Therapy Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.
Robb, Sheri, Dr. “Music Therapy Research and Evidence-based Practice | OUPblog.” OUPblog Music Therapy Research and Evidencebased Practice Comments. N.p., 2013. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.
“Health Benefits of Music Therapy.” N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.

3 thoughts on “Music Therapy

  1. Jovian Ebony Osborne-pantlitz

    I love music. Music takes me to a different place of tranquility and peace; allowing me to de-stress. Therefore, I enjoy hearing that it also improves speech impediments. In high school I had a peer who suffered from stuttering but was an amazing singer and spoke fluently when singing. I never understood how that can be but this article clarified a lot. I always thought the vocal chords you use when singing were somehow different from the ones we used when speaking.

  2. Christina Rae Locurto

    I really liked your blog post. I found the information very interesting, and I could relate to it. I found this really cool article that talks about using music therapy to help people who suffer from anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety often, I really enjoyed this article, and think music is a really great way to relieve some of it. I recommend music for anyone who suffers from anxiety or depression, and think it can really improve your overall mood.

  3. Andie Lynn Sullivan

    I thought this post was interesting because I helped with a similar program that helps those with Alzheimer’s. It’s called a music memory program and it is supposed to use music to evoke old memories for these patients. I went to a nursing home and talked to a woman about her life and found out what type of music she was interested in so we could create a playlist and test out this music therapy.

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