Integrative Music Therapy is unique in that it utilizes a neurologic music therapy approach with specialized training to look deeper into the cause of our clients' challenges while using best practice approaches to meet their therapeutic goals.

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is an advanced form of music therapy utilizing research-based techniques to treat the brain using music and rhythm.  Research has shown music and rhythm affect multiple areas of the human brain at once on a subconscious level, allowing functional skills and pathways in the brain to be connected for better cognitive skills, communication, and coordinated motor movements.  With NMT, an individual is assessed and areas of improvement are identified, translating needs or behaviors into "musical behaviors" for therapeutic outcomes. 

Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman Syndrome, Joubert, etc).

What is Neurologic Music Therapy?

therapeutic uses of music

Changing lives through the power of music and rhythm

 Music stimulates and utilizes many parts of the brain - it captivates and maintains attention.

  • Music is an effective motivator.
  • Music provides a safe, structured setting for verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Music uses sounds and silences to structure time in an understandable way.
  • Music provides both structure and freedom through the use of form and improvisation.
  • Music provides a meaningful, enjoyable context for repetition.
  • Music activities encourage social interactions.
  • Music is an effective memory aid.
  • Music supports and encourages movement.
  • Music taps into memories and emotions.
  • Music provides nonverbal, immediate feedback.
  • Music activities are easily adapted to each person's abilities.
  • Music interventions can be designed to be success-oriented.
  • Music uses concrete concepts that are easily demonstrated and understood -

         fast & slow, up & down, loud & soft, long & short, etc.

  • Music activities utilize many senses at the same time to enhance the learning experience - hearing, seeing and feeling.