Summaries of 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! 

What role can “chaos” have in a music therapy session?

Playing With Chaos: Broadening Possibilities for How Music Therapist’s Consider
Chaos in Group Work With Young People

Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia surveyed existing literature to explore how “chaos”, or a sense of disorder or confusion, within music therapy sessions can benefit the therapeutic process.

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…

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…

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…

Why is Telemusictherapy Important?

The Connected Music Therapy Teleintervention Approach (CoMTTA) and Its Application to Family-Centered Programs for Young Children with Hearing Loss

An article from the Australian Journal of Music Therapy highlights how telemusictherapy has helped increase access to music therapy services and foster interpersonal connections between children and family members/caregivers…

The Harrison Center for Music Therapy, LLC

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