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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by Kimberly Sena Moore, MM, NMT-F, MT-BC

The music I used was in a calming triple meter. It was a familiar song for Janie, yet I hummed it to remove the effect of processing verbal words. The music, and how this song was presented, had a profound impact as an external regulator for Janie, helping her calm down her body and her brain.


by Linda Weaver Clarke

Do I really have to practice? came the disgruntled voice of a teenager.


How many times have we heard this? I remember when my mother encouraged me to practice my instrument and how I tried to find one excuse after another to get out of it. Soon, she was sitting at the piano, willing to help me practice. I reluctantly began playing, not putting my heart into it, feeling a bit rebellious. But it did not take long until I began to feel the soothing notes of the music and my soul began to relinquish the unruly attitude within me...


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by Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC

I’ve been a board-certified music therapist for a little more than seven years now. Hospice work now makes up a bigger portion of what I do on a day-to-day basis than it has for a while, which has made me more aware of how I’ve grown as a clinician in the last few years. For me, gaining experience has meant gaining clinical flexibility...


Editor's Note: Rachelle puts a refreshing spin on hospice music therapy. She raises some interesting points at the end. Feel free to add your thoughts in our Music Therapy & Sound Healing forum!


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by Chris James

We ARE all born with beautiful and in–tune voices, and it is possible for us ALL to return to the full expression of this instrument that can express truth and beauty within us...


Editor's Note from Bernice Chu: We are each born with our own distinct instrument, our voice. Chris James believes what really helps individuals in their self-expression, creativity, singing, speaking their truth and being heard, is gentleness. A thought-provoking article.


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by Matt Logan

This post relates to a very basic part of what we consider to be “advocacy”. It is yet another response to that question we always get: So what do you do? We have all rehearsed little elevator pitches and definitions. My approach to answering this question changed a bit over the course of last year, and I hope it will spark some ideas in others...


Editor's Note: There are many types of learning. There are the lessons we learn through rote, through listening, through visual examples, through lived experiences. There is a special type of learning that comes through shared and sharing stories. Stories have a special way of sticking in our minds, and making an impression on our hearts.


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by Anna Hunt

Cross-posted from

Our senses allow us to experience the outside world more fully. They have evolved to keep us safe, allowing us to stay aware of dangers. In addition to conducting their basic functions, the senses also have a way of reaching deeply into the soul...


Editor's Note: In this article, Anna Hunt summarizes and shares two videos on the unique relationship between music and the individual. Every person experiences music differently, but its power to move us is universal. Fascinating that the processes of music can also be seen in brain scans conducted by Dr Charles Limb.


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by Daniel Tague, MME, MT-BC

Music therapy in the public school setting is usually provided to clients on a weekly basis. Depending on the student, the therapist may see the client one to one or in a small group setting with peers. Music therapists are trained to provide specially developed music activities in a variety of different musical styles and have knowledge of a wide range of disabilities and health issues...


Editor's Note: The use and production of live music, improvised or not, is a vital part of a music therapist's job. What are some of the reasons we use live music? Daniel Tague illustrates this through four case vignettes.


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by Meagan Hughes, MT-BC
ATH Co-Editor of Music Therapy

For most people, a regular health regimen may involve physical exercise, a balanced diet, or even medication. However, have you considered how a daily dose of music can make a contribution to your well being?...


Editor's Note from Meagan Hughes: This introductory piece on music therapy was originally published on Health Science Now.


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Editor's Note: Music can be the best medicine for everyone. We all are rhythmic beings after all. In this TEDxYouth Talks episode, Board-Certified Music Therapist Tim Ringgold shares his intimate and touching story of how music and people have a powerful relationship.


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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...


Editor's Note: So many aspects of speech are involved in the process of music-making. Natasha Thomas highlights the importance of this, and shares a story of what it might be like for someone who has acquired Global Aphasia through a stroke.


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by Dr. Jane Ma'ati Smith CHyp, MscD

You CAN quit drinking, and you take your life back from alcohol addiction. You can regain your health, have peace of mind, and gain the confidence you need to do the things you really want to do. Simply lay back, close your eyes, and relax; a healthier, happier, longer life can be as easy as that, withbinaural beat self hypnosis for alcohol addiction...


Editor's Note: Dr. Jane Ma'ati Smith writes a very interesting article about the positive effects Binaural Beat Self Hypnosis has on an individual with alcoholism.


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by Sara Seyydin

Jim Bennison beams a triumphant grin as he waves and sings “hello” for the first time in over 18 months.

When the music stops, Jim practices saying “hello” without the melody...


Editor's Note: Music speaks to individuals on many different levels; spiritual, physical, emotional. This article shares the story of a man who has suffered a stroke and how music therapy played a role in his rehabilitation.


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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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