What is Music Therapy & Sound Healing? The use of music and musical interventions for healing within a therapeutic relationship. Did you know you can use music for therapy and sound for healing? Learn more about music therapy and sound healing information through articles on music therapy and sound healing and music therapy and sound healing blogs here at All Things Healing. What are you waiting for? Visit us online today!

Introduction to Music Therapy & Sound Healing
Meagan Hughes, MT-BC, is a certified music therapist specializing in pediatrics, psychiatry and service learning. She recently served as a MusicianCorps Fellow in the San Francisco Bay ...
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Editor's Note from Bernice Chu: This entry is simply for the pure enjoyment of delicious music. Happy Listening!


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by Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC

A very unusual musical event happened this week when the Israel Chamber Orchestra performed Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll at the annual Bayreuth Festival, which is a celebration of Wagner’s music. Why was this unusual? It was unusual because Wagner’s music has always been unofficially banned in Israel...


Editor's Note from Bernice Chu: As music therapists, what is the potential emotional impact of the musical selections we take into sessions? What role does cultural sensitivity play in our work? Rachelle Norman illustrates this with a poignant example whilst also raising many vital questions we should all be asking with the individuals we work with.  


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from the World Federation of Music Therapy

In 2010, the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) Council decided to look into updating the WFMT definition of music therapy to reflect contemporary music therapy in a comprehensive and concise way. A workgroup led by Anja Tait, Regional Liaison for Australia/New Zealand, searched for multiple definitions of music therapy from the following sources a) WFMT’s organizational member websites, b) scholarly publications, and c) open source searches in Wikipedia and Google...


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by JoAnn Jordan

Passive listening is what I observe most used by people. You turn on music to set a mood, to mask other sounds, or to keep you company while you do things. This can be a great way to support creative processes. It can also be used as a way to frame a period of time for being creative...

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Passive, active, and creative. These are all different types of listening which JoAnn Jordan touches on. Every situation demands a different 'ear'. How do you listen? What do you find most useful? Feel free to share stories and comments in our forum!


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Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC, performs an original summer song set to a familiar tune...


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by Sherry Lebed Davis

In 1979, Sherry Lebed Davis' mother, Rita, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Losing her breast and knowing that this disease had already claimed the lives of her mother and her sister was too much for her. First she stopped smiling, and then she stopped fighting. Sherry and her brothers knew they had to do something for their mother...



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by Rochelle Hanson

You’re totally stressed out. It’s been a crazy week. The boss is getting on your last nerve. Your friends are irritating. You’re family’s driving you up a wall. It’s winter. It’s cold. You just wanna feel warm and fuzzy inside. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Why not take advantage of the benefits of music therapy...


Editor's Note: Rochelle Hanson shares health tips on her blog, Simply Natural Ideas. Here she shares a few thoughts on the healing qualities of music.


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by Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

I am a music therapist. My work involves facilitating aesthetic experiences with and for my clients. Beautiful sounds make up a majority of the therapy sessions. Who are my music therapy influences in this regard? Definitely Carolyn Kenny, Helen Bonny, and of course Clive Robbins and Paul Nordoff...


Editor's Note: What makes music 'beautiful'? How do we work with this as music therapists? Suzannah writes curiously and raises some interesting points on beauty in the context of music therapy.


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by Rebecca McClary, MA, MT-BC,

Though highly structured, music accommodates individual interpretation and creativity: no two will be expressing themselves in precisely the same way, thus providing a format for learning about one’s own unique manner of approaching the creative process, expressing one’s self, interacting with others, and organizing/interpreting artistic material...


Editor' Note: As an internship director I developed this list of common music therapy goals that I have provided to my interns as a useful reference in their practice. I hope that you will find it useful as well. If you have goals to add to this, please post a comment to add to the list!


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by John McManamy

Only Puccini could write music as emotionally heart-rending, but even this master of sad songs never came close to composing a symphonic suicide note. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky did just that. On October 28, 1893, he premiered his Sixth (Pathetique) Symphony to a lukewarm St. Petersburg audience. Nine days later, he was dead. Officially, he contracted cholera as a result of drinking unfiltered water. Unofficially, back in Czarist Russia, this would have equated to swallowing poison...



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by Kristin S. Padilla, RN, BSN, RNC

As a first time mother of an eight-and-a-half month old, I'd like to begin with a personal anecdote of how music has already had an influence on my child's life.

Since the day that we brought my son, Luke, home from the hospital, I have been playing music or singing to him (albeit, not well but he seems to like it!). I didn't think much about music having the ability to calm him down until one day I was driving down the freeway and he started to become very fussy and cry...


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Editor's Note: This video illustrates some of the music therapy work and its results in working with people in the Calgary area who have suffered brain injuries. Through this work Jennifer and her music therapists are enabling people to speak who otherwise would not have that opportunity. (ARBI stands for the Association of the Rehabilitation of Brain Injuries located in Calgary.)


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Keep Breathing: Music for Speech, for Life

by Natasha Thomas

Imagine running into someone you haven’t seen in a long time. You recognize their face and feel pleased to see them, your arms open wide for a hug and you say “Hello! How ARE you?” before you can realize what you really want to know is Who they are – you’ve completely forgotten their name...



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