Neurologic Music Therapy
Music therapy and Neuro-rehabilitation
Music is processed in various areas of the brain, therefore is an excellent tool for people living with an acquired brain injury or near-degenerative condition. There are three areas in which music therapy can be used in neuro-rehabilitation:
- Restorative: the use of music to work to regain skills and functions
- Compensatory: the use of music in conjunction with tools such as memory aids
- Psycho-socio-emotional: the use of music as a means to engage in social interaction
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
Neurologic music therapy is a medical model of music therapy that uses 20 standardized evidence based techniques to work on specific functional goals within three areas of neuro-rehabilitation:
- Sensorimotor Training
- Speech and Language Training
- Cognitive Training
Useful Publications on NMT
Thaut, M. and Homeberg, V. ed, 2014. Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Thaut, M. 2005. Rhythm, Music, and the Brain: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications. New York: Routledge.