Recent music therapy research
As part of our commitment to providing evidence-based care, The Harrison Center’s music therapists regularly review summarize important music therapy research relevant to our patients. Please let us know if you have an article or topic you’d like to see summarized here!
Which elements of music may be most important for promoting mindfulness?
Music Stimuli for Mindfulness Practice: A Replication Study
In hopes of furthering knowledge of music’s potential impacts on mindfulness, researchers from Arizona State University and the University of Iowa replicated a past study comparing effects of differing music stimuli on mindfulness experiences…
How can rhythm benefit traumatic brain injury patients?
Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation and Gait Training in Traumatic Brain Injury: A pilot study.
In response to a perceived research gap on the use of a Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) technique with traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, researchers from Craig Hospital in Colorado studied the impacts of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) on individuals who had experienced a moderate to severe TBI…
Interview with Dania Santiago, ma, CCC-SLP of Kids Developmental Clinic
Interview with Dania Santiago, MA, CCC-SLP of Kids Developmental Clinic Ingrid sat down with Dania Santiago, speech therapist with Kids Developmental Clinic - one of the Harrison Center for Music Therapy's community partners - to ask her about her...
How can music therapists use music to enhance existing verbal skills?
Music Therapists’ Perceptions of the Therapeutic Potentials Using Music When Working with Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Qualitative Analysis
In response to a noted research gap on the therapeutic use of music with children with autism
who communicate verbally, researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel and University of
Melbourne in Australia explored how music therapists use and perceive the role of music when
working with children with existing verbal skills…
What music therapy intervention is used to address anxiety and relaxation?
Comparing Three Music Therapy Interventions for Anxiety and Relaxation
in Youth with Amplified Pain
In studying the impact of music therapy on pediatric chronic pain, researchers from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City compared the effects of three music interventions on anxiety and relaxation levels of youth with amplified pain syndromes…
How can telehealth services be delivered?
Virtual Music Therapy: Developing New Approaches to Service Delivery
In examining adaptations to music therapy services stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from Seattle Children’s Hospital and UH Connor Integrative Health Network created a tiered model for the development of virtual music therapy services…
How has COVID-19 impacted the field of music therapy?
COVID-19 and Music Therapists’ Employment, Service Delivery, Perceived Stress, and Hope: A Descriptive Study
Amidst rapid societal shifts, researchers from Colorado State University examined changes to the field of music therapy associated with the COVID-19 period…
Can music therapy be used to treat co-morbid disorders?
Music Therapy to Regulate Arousal and Attention in Patients with Substance Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Feasibility Study
A collaborative effort of researchers from ArtEZ University of the Arts, VU University, and Tactus Addiction Care in the Netherlands, examined impacts of a recently developed music therapy protocol on attention and arousal regulation in individuals with both substance use disorder (SUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…
Where does technology fit into music therapy?
A Humanistic Understanding of the Use of Digital Technology in Therapeutic Songwriting
As digital technology continues to alter the way we create and consume music, research from Montclair State University has delved into how its role in therapeutic songwriting can help adolescents to feel a sense of autonomy, express emotions, share personal experiences, and develop a sense of self.
Can Music Do Harm?
It’s…Complicated: A Theoretical model of music-induced harm.
As research has identified music’s ability to foster beneficial emotional, motor, sensory, cognitive, and social experiences, it has equally identified potential for music to do harm in these areas…