Key “Notes” About Music Therapy

As you may have noticed in our calendar, music is a big part of our lives here at Maristhill. In addition to conducting two music therapy sessions this month, five additional activities will involve musical performance or participation.

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.

The fact is, music therapy treatment is especially effective with older persons who have functional deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive or social functioning. Research shared by the American Music Therapy Association also shows results when used as treatment for Alzheimer’s patients, and “clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those who are resistive to other treatment approaches.”

As a form of sensory stimulation, music often provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security associated with it. It can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, enhance memory, improve communication, and provide unique opportunities for interaction.

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