Definition and Quotes about Music Therapy
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
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. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
Quotes about Music Therapy
- Yo-yo Ma:
"And here too, we see an edge effect – as music therapists know, by combining two things many don’t usually associate, music and health care – Arthur has discovered a new path to healing for these veterans." - "Art for Life's Sake," 2013 Arts Advocacy Day, Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta:
"On this day, I was playing the patient. An intensive, exhaustive seven-hour schedule was presented, full of physical therapy, speech, recreational, occupational and my personal favorite – music therapy." - CNN, February 2011
"Music therapy helps speech, but also motor skills, memory and balance. Also emotionally uplifting." - Twitter, May 2011
- Jodi Picoult (Author of the bestselling book Sing You Home):
"Music therapy, to me, is music performance without the ego. It’s not about entertainment as much as its about empathizing. If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insight into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem. "
- Michael Greene, President & CEO of NARAS - 1997 Grammy Awards:
"When we look at the body of evidence that the arts contribute to our society, it's absolutely astounding. Music Therapists are breaking down the walls of silence and affliction of autism, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease."
- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.):
- Sen. Harry Reid:
"Music helps all types of people to remain forever young." He noted that Congress had never before "directly addressed the question of music" as preventive medicine and as "a therapeutic tool for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, strokes and depression."
- SUPERIOR, WI Telegram, Aug. 14, 1991.
- Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead):
"(Rhythm) is there in the cycles of the seasons, in the migrations of the birds and animals, in the fruiting and withering of plants, and in the birth, maturation and death of ourselves," Hart told a Senate panel studying music therapy.
- REUTERS, Aug. 1, 1991.
- Ida Goldman (90-year-old testifying at Senate hearings):
"Before I had surgery, they told me I could never walk again. But when I sat and listened to music, I forgot all about the pain," said Goldman, who walked with assistance during the hearing.
- REUTERS, Aug. 1, 1991.
- Sen. Harry Reid:
- Dr. Oliver Sacks ("Awakenings"):
Dr. Sacks reports that patients with neurological disorders who cannot talk or move are often able to sing, and sometimes even dance, to music. Its advocates say music therapy also can help ease the trauma of grieving, lessen depression and provide an outlet for people who are otherwise withdrawn.
- ST. Louis Post Dispatch.
- Dr. Clive Robbins (Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clinic):
"Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child's potential for development." Nordoff-Robbins uses music therapy to help 100 handicapped children learn and to relate and communicate with others.
- Barbara Crowe (past president of the National Association for Music Therapy):
- Oliver Sacks, M.D.:
- Mathew Lee (Acting Director, Rusk Institute, New York):