Author: Emma Ling Hwei Young

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ABSTRACT: This book addresses the issues in music therapy that are central to understanding it in its scholarly dimensions, how it is evolving, and how it connects to related academic disciplines. It draws on a multi-disciplinary approach to look at the defining issues of music therapy as a scholarly discipline, rather than as an area of clinical practice. It is the single best resource for scholars...

ABSTRACT: From the article: The queer music therapy model was designed by Bain, Grzanka, and Crowe in 2016 as a novel therapeutic approach to affirm and empower LGBTQ+ identity through music. No data have been generated on how this model might actually be implemented, or the strengths and limitations of the model according to music therapy professionals. The purpose of this study was to build on...

ABSTRACT: Surgery is an important part of the treatment modalities offered to older patients with cancer. Natural ageing processes lead to deterioration of organ function, making older patients more vulnerable and at risk for experiencing less-favourable outcomes and complications after surgery. Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as music, may be preferable to medical interventions in older people, who are at risk for adverse effects and drug interactions due...

ABSTRACT: Apps like Calm and Endel are exploring an expanding new universe of what’s becoming known as “functional sound”. Calm and others are doing it in the meditation and sleep space, while Endel, which has raised $7.5 million, creates “functional sound” to enhance working or other activities. Now a new startup is launching what it calls “functional music”, and it’s raised institutional backing to power its...

ABSTRACT: Sickle cell anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder, in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. A new study from University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health found that patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) who participated in music therapy learned new self-management skills and improved their ability to cope with pain. The findings from this study...

ABSTRACT: The website www.smartmusic.com provides music educators with powerful online tools to connect students and teachers within a wider community. Among the resources they make available on their website are various articles, including a very interesting one by Eric Rubsenstein, Pd.D. an assistant professor of choral music at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, where he directs the treble choir and teaches...

ABSTRACT: The profession of music therapy in the United States has a rich history and has grown considerably over the past few decades. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to achieve individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship with a credentialed music therapist. Music therapists in the United States go through rigorous training to earn the MT-BC (music therapist-board certified) credential. Individuals...

ABSTRACT: Music therapy involves using a person’s responses and connections to music to encourage positive changes in mood and overall well-being. Music therapy can include creating music with instruments of all types, singing, moving to music, or just listening to it. Music has powerful effects on the mind. Different styles of music can have a significant effect on a person’s mood very quickly, and it can help...

ABSTRACT: From the article: Recent theorizing about the connection between the brain and trauma (Perry, 2009; Porges, 2011; van der Kolk, 2015) has led to a burgeoning of interest in the provision of music-based programs with people who have had adverse experiences. Although there has been critique of the lack of scientific basis of these theories and their implications for practice (McLean, 2016), they remain popular with...