Medical & Neurological

Music Therapy

Medical facilities are fast realizing the benefits of music therapy to reduce pain, induce relaxation, reduce length of stay in the NICU, assist with SLP/OT/PT rehab through singing or entrainment exercises, and generally increase quality of life for the medical patient.  A board-certified (MT-BC) music therapist will design the appropriate program using “client-preferred music” for your needs.

  • Alzheimer’s / Dementia
  • Lung Diseases
  • Neurological Therapy
  • NICU Infant Music Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management – Chronic
  • Pain Management – Acute, Temporary
  • Physical Therapy
  • Neurological Therapy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Speech Therapy
  • NICU/Premature Infant
  • Procedural Support (Catheterization, Infant/Toddler echocardiogram, etc)

The research says:

“Results of this study support the use of developmentally appropriate music listening as an effective intervention to reduce duration and frequency of inconsolability with premature infants.”

Keith, D. R., Russell, K., & Weaver, B. S. (2009). The Effects of Music Listening on Inconsolable Crying in Premature Infants. Journal of Music Therapy, 46 (3), 191–203.

The research says:

“Results of the current study support the use of live music therapy [procedural support] intervention for teenage and adult patients undergoing MRI scans…live music therapy has the potential to shorten the length of time required for individuals to complete MRI scans due to decreased patient movements and fewer breaks.”

Walworth, D. (2010). Effects of live music therapy for patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Music Therapy, 47(4), 335-350

The research says:

“Analyses… indicated that … group singing encouraged spontaneous responses [in the Alzheimer’s patients]. After singing, group members expressed positive feelings, a sense of accomplishment, and belonging.”

 Dassa, A., & Amir, D. (2014). The Role of Singing Familiar Songs in Encouraging Conversation Among People with Middle to Late Stage Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Music Therapy, 51 (2), 131–153.

The research says:

“…this study indicates that music therapy may influence vocal production in PD [Parkinson’s disease] patients. Vocal and singing exercises with an emphasis on phonatory and respiratory efforts may have great potential to provide PD clients with stronger vocal projection, which enhances improvement in speech intelligibility.”

Haneishi, E. (2001). Effects of a Music Therapy Voice Protocol on Speech Intelligibility, Vocal Acoustic Measures, and Mood of Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Music Therapy, 38 (4), 273–290.

For more information on music therapy for pain management go to:

For more information on music therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease go to: (p. 3-4)