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Music Therapy

Resources and Information about music in therapeutic settings.


Welcome to the Music Therapy Subject Guide

An old adage says "music hath charms to soothe the savage beast," and it turns out it soothes savage diseases and conditions as well.  Music has been used in the care of people of all stages of life from newborn to hospice patients.  Music does more than enhance mood.  A stroke patient can re-learn speech patterns by singing songs.  A child with special needs can move his hands better after playing on a toy piano.  An Alzheimer's patient's memory can be stimulated by hearing old, familiar songs.   Music therapists need training in music, of course, but also psychology and other subjects depending on their specialty.  This subject guide should help students interested in the subject to navigate the library's varied materials on it.