“…[W]e lose sight of how powerful melody and rhythm can be in the realm of medicine, particularly with respect to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers… nursing homes and hospitals are finding that working with a music therapist can make a big difference…”                                                      – C. Gorman. Time, November 14, 2005

When individualized music experiences are designed by a professionally trained music therapist to fit functional abilities and needs, responses may be immediate and readily apparent. Participants without a music background can benefit from music therapy.  Additionally, families and loved ones can be included in music therapy sessions and participate actively in this gently supportive experience, and be able to embrace, for a moment in time, the person they know and love.Music therapy provides opportunities for:

  • Memory recall which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction with life
  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Sense of control over life through successful experiences
  • Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
  • Anxiety and stress reduction for older adult and caregiver
  • Nonpharmacological management of pain and discomfort
  • Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective
  • Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an

    adjunct to physical rehabilitation

  • Emotional intimacy when spouses and families share creative music experiences
  • Social interaction with caregivers and families

American Music Therapy Association, 2020.