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! 

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.

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…

What Other Populations Can Music Therapy Serve? – Adolescents

The Resilience Songwriting Program for Adolescent Bereavement: A Mixed Methods Exploratory Study

In highlighting prior research on health and safety risks of unmanaged grief symptoms, as well as that on benefits of general music therapy for grief reduction, researchers from Drexel University made a case for exploring the impacts of specific music therapy intervention on adolescent bereavement…

What Other Populations Can Music Therapy Serve? – Parkinson’s Disease

Rhythmic Priming Across Effector Systems: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Researchers from the Music and Health Science Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto and the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University investigated effects of rhythmic priming, or preparation of a primary task with presentation of a separate, prior rhythmic task, on the gait of patients with Parkinson’s disease…

The Harrison Center for Music Therapy, LLC

The Harrison Center for Music Therapy, LLC provides music-based therapeutic interventions to all ages and abilities in Houston and surrounding areas. The Harrison Center Staff utilizes music therapy to address individualized functional goals for our clients.