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Music as Therapy (Rehab)

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Danielle Levine

on 29 June 2017

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Music as Therapy

- Evidence-based medical field

- Addresses social, physical, cognitive, behavioral, social and psychological needs

- Emphasis is on non-musical outcomes
Origins of MT
- Aristotle and Plato

- WWII Musicians served wounded Veterans

- National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT) was founded on June 2, 1950

-American Music Therapy Assoc. created in 1998
Music Therapy vs. Entertainment
- MT is interactive

- Is used to achieve a specific measurable
goal - not just for listening
"Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity."
What is Music Therapy?
Functional Outcomes
-enhanced memory & improved cognition

-improved fine & gross motor movements

-increased strength, coordination, & endurance

-improved balance

-improved gait/walking


Funct. Out. Contd.

-improved speech

-improved respiratory function

-improved self-expression & communication

-development of appropriate behaviors

-enhanced visual awareness

-decreased impulsivity








Funt. Out. Contd.
Danielle Levine Porter, MM, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapist

Neurologic Music Therapy
NMT is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunction due to neurologic diseases of the human nervous system
NMT Techniques


Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation
(RAS)

Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance (TIMP)


-decreased anxiety & agitation

-improved mood

-decreased perception of pain

-improved participation & motivation in treatment

-decreased length of stay



- reorganization of
neural pathways

-adaptive mechanism
Neuroplasticity
Patterned Sensory Enhancement
(PSE)
- axonal sprouting
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