Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities, physical illnesses and emotional hardships.


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.

Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as drumming, as well as passive listening for relaxation. Music is often a vital support for physical exercise.

Music therapy allows persons experiencing grief or having other mental health needs to: explore personal feelings, make positive changes in mood and emotional states, have a sense of control over life through successful experiences, practice problem solving, and resolve conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships.

For more information on music therapy, please visit the website for the American Music Therapy Association at