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!

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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 Rebecca McClary, MA, MT-BC

The purpose of board certification in music therapy is to provide an objective national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups, and individuals. The CBMT administers a written objective examination, based on a nationwide music therapy practice analysis that is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect current clinical practice. CBMT is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. It has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986. Over 4,900 music therapists currently maintain the MT-BC credential, and participate in a program of recertification designed to measure or enhance competence in the profession of music therapy.  


by John McManamy

"You will accomplish more than has ever been accomplished," wrote Haydn at the beginning of Beethoven's career, "have thoughts that no other has had. You will never sacrifice a beautiful idea to a tyrannical rule, and in that you will be right. But you will sacrifice your rules to your moods, for you seem to me to be a man of many heads and hearts. One will always find something irregular in your compositions, things of beauty, but rather dark and strange."



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Editor's Note: We can all think of at least one piece of music that has moved or touched us in a special way. Cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin sits down with Steve Paikin to explain how music moves us.

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Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, discusses the effect of music therapy on Parkinson's disease patients. The story related in the video comes from Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Dr. Sacks's latest book.


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by Antoinette Morrison, MT-BC

I recently worked with a couple of non-verbal autistic boys who were having wonderful sessions. The very next day, I ran across an online article by Margaret A Fish, MS, CCC-SLP...


Editor's Note: This article informs all effected about the possibility of speech in children with neurological impairments, as well as the root to speech itself.


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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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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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