A 2015 study conducted in South Korea found that music therapy can be an effective treatment protocol for young children who have been victims of familial physical or emotional abuse and neglect. The researcher randomly selected four children who were identified as victims of abuse and neglect to participate in the study. All four children exhibited low academic achievement, had difficulties maintaining good peer relationships at school, spoke almost inaudibly, and were passive and withdrawn during intake interviews.
Chronic pain can have a significant impact on the quality of one’s life and it can be hard to find effective and safe ways to manage pain. In “Randomized Trial of a Group Music and Imagery Method of Women with Fibromyalgia” Torres, Pedersen, and Perez-Fernandez researched if Guided Imagery and Music (or GIM, a form of music therapy) could help alleviate the pain for women with Fibromyalgia.
As a music therapist that works with cancer patients and palliative patients in the past, singing is the one thing I do with them most in a music therapy session. Yes, we do talk about things…pain, family, how the song relates to them, or what makes it significant. Sometimes I can get them to play an instrument, but depending on their physical state of health, they may or may not be able to hold a small tambourine. Talking about the songs and where and when they first heard it are also topics that may come up in conversation if the patient is able to communicate with the therapist.
Music therapists often use movement in sessions with clients. Personally, I try to always include movement, especially with older adults mainly because their physical activity usually declines as they age. Sometimes I may use a scarf or stretchy band to promote movement and then other times, I use playing instruments as a way to encourage movement. Either way, there are times when my clients who have advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s disease find doing the simplest physical task a challenge.
Stephanie is an expected graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy and a minor in psychology from Ohio University. She is currently completing her music therapy internship at Central Ohio Music Therapy. During her time with COMT, Stephanie is gaining a wide variety of clinical experiences working with people of all ages and populations.
As a music therapist who works with a variety of populations, I often get the question “Can Rap/Hip Hop be used in music therapy?”. While this is a personal passion of mine, recently Uhlig, Dimitriadis, Hakvoort, & Scherder (2017) completed a survey study to see if and how music therapists are using Rap/Hip Hop in their sessions.
A cancer diagnosis and the treatment that goes with it, can be distressing for patients and families. Often the Patients experiencing intense chemotherapy often experience psychological distress, which can lead to decreased quality of life, disturbance of mood, anxiety, and depression. Tuinmann, et al decided to look into the effects of music therapy on these symptoms.
If you had Parkinson’s disease or had a love one suffering from this debilitating disorder, I am most certain you would want to do anything and everything to maintain your ability to communicate as long as possible. I know I would. So, a group of researchers decided to make a music therapy group specifically for Parkinson’s patients who were experiencing hypokinetic dysarthria and test how using Neurologic Music Therapy techniques could have an impact on their speech. For those of you who do not know specifically what this is, I searched online and found out that it is “Dysarthria associated with disorders of the extrapyramidal motor system resulting in reduction…
Music therapy is beneficial for many, but can music therapy be an asset to musicians as well? Music can be very powerful within the brain, from forming positive or negative associations with an event through music, to using a favorite songs to process how we feel. For musicians, providing music to others may be a satisfying or passionate experience, but can become a stressor as well if it is a profession. Gigs non-stop, music related injuries like carpal tunnel, odd schedules due to nighttime gigs, or performance anxiety etc. can put a lot of stress on the mind and body.