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  1. Thank you for writing such a clear description of the field of music therapy. As a board-certified music therapist, I do spend a lot of time helping people understand how music can help them, both through ideas they can try on their own, and through working with a music therapist to address more specific needs in a more focused way. I am excited to see our profession’s body of research growing, providing a stronger evidence base for the clinical practices that can benefit so many people. I am grateful for you sharing this with your readers!

  2. I’ve always been a fan of music therapy. This must be music therapy week because I’ve read quite a few articles about it including drum therapy for children with learning disabilities in school. I hope this catches on in schools in a big way. With so many budget cuts, music therapy not only works, it’s cheap to implement and the kids really enjoy it.

  3. Research in the field is identifying the “why” and “how” of what I’ve seen as a board-certified therapist in clinical and school music therapy sessions since 1974: Music is a non-threatening catalyst for connections and conversation. Music draws individuals together, encourages active participation in music-making, and gives the therapist many real-world opportunities to help people build on their strengths and interests while at the same time learning new skills and learning to compensate for deficits. All of this while enhancing their overall quality of life. Can’t beat that!

  4. I am pleased to read this article. The potential for the widespread use of music therapy becomes more evident day by day. The diligence in education and training will continue to train talented musicians to use music therapeutically in a multitude of contexts:
    Goodman, K. (2011) Music Therapy and Education: From Theory to Practice. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas.

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