Sound Connections Music Therapy

Research and Links

Music Therapy Associations:

Canadian Association for Music Therapy
Atlantic Association for Music Therapy (Provincial Chapter)
The American Association of Music Therapy


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Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund
National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapies Associations (NCATA)
Nordoff-Robbins Centre for Music Therapy (New York, NY)
Nordoff Robbins UK
Autism Newsletter
Music Therapy practice in Western Canada - JB Music Therapy
The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy
Society for Arts in Healthcare
Laurier Centre for Music Therapy Research (LCMTR)
Coalition for Music Education in Canada
International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research
Mozart and Science
Voices (A World Forum for Music Therapy)


Media Resources:

Music Therapy: A New Perspective, A Description of Music Therapy through quotes, pictures and song. The song is "Adiemus" by Adiemus.
The Art & Science of Music Therapy (part 1), Berklee College of Music
The Art & Science of Music Therapy (part 2)
The Art & Science of Music Therapy (part 3)
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Video Portrait (Part 1)
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Video Portrait (Part 2)
What is Music Therapy? (Part I of IV) USUMTSA Presents a description of music therapy from the perspective of students, professors & professionals.
What is Music Therapy? (Part II of IV)
What is Music Therapy? (Part III of IV)
What is Music Therapy? (Part IV of IV)
Music Therapy at the Nordoff-Robbins Center, Show Biz Tonight - Interview with Hayley Westenra
Music Has Power – Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
Suzanne Hanser, WCVB Channel 5 Health Beat, Music Therapy and Cancer
NY Newsflash! Music Therapy at the Nordoff-Robbins Center
Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Music Therapy and Parkinson's
Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Strokes, Language, and Music
Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Alzheimer's/The Power of Music
Health Link: Music Therapy, David Knott discusses the positive effects of music therapy to the healing process in children (Seattle Children’s Hospital).
Music therapy and cancer diagnosis
Music as medicine: Docs use tunes as treatment


Research Articles:

Anonymous (2006). MTGIC: Music therapy for people with special needs. The Exceptional Parent; Feb 2006; 36, 2; Research Library, pg. 70 [PDF – Special Needs]

Bunt, L. (1988). Music Therapy: An Introduction. Psychology of Music, 1988, 16, 3-9. [PDF – An Introduction to music therapy]

Bailey, S. (2001). Negotiating control and facilitating empowerment: individual music therapy with two children with autism. Dissertation for Anglia Polytechnic University. [PDF – Facilitating Empowerment]

Choi, A.N., Soo Lee, M., Lee, J.S. (2007). Group Music Intervention Reduces Aggression and Improves Self-esteem in Children with Highly Aggressive Behavior: A Pilot Controlled Trial. eCAM 2007;Page 1 of 5, doi:10.1093/ecam/nem182 [PDF – Group Music Intervention]

Graham, J. (204). Communicating with the uncommunicative: Music Therapy with pre-verbal adults. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 32, 24-29. [PDF – Communicating with MT to preverbal adults]

JB Music Therapy The evidence behind using music therapy in Mental Health. [PDF – Mental Health]

JB Music Therapy The evidence behind using music therapy with persons with disabilities. [PDF – Persons with disabilities]

JB Music Therapy The evidence behind using music therapy with persons with autism. [PDF – Persons with Autism]

JB Music Therapy The evidence behind using Music Therapy with children with special needs. [PDF-Children with Special Needs]

JB Music Therapy The evidence behind using Music Therapy with Seniors in Care. [PDF – Seniors]

Kennelly, J., Brien-Elliott, K. (2001). The role of music therapy in paediatric Rehabilitation. Paediatric Rehabilitation, 2001, VOL. 4, NO. 3, 137-143 [PDF - Pediatric rehab]

Kern, P. (2005). Not One Day Without A Smile: Music Therapy in Early Childhood Education - An Interview with Marcia Humpal. Music Therapy Today Vol. VI (3) 456-462. available at the PDF

Kim, J., Wigram, T., Gold, C. (2009). Emotional, motivational and interpersonal responsiveness of children with autism in improvisational music therapy. Sage Publicatoins and The National Autistic Society, Vol.13(4)289-409; 105660, 1362- 3613 (200907)13:4. [PDF – Improvisation with Autism]

Hendricks, C.B., Bradley, L. J. (2005). Interpersonal Theory and Music Techniques: A Case Study for a Family With a Depressed Adolescent. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, Vol. 13 No. 4, October 2005 400-405 DOI: 10.1177/1066480705278469 [PDF - Music therapy with adolescent depression]

Hooper, J. (2002). Using music to develop peer interaction: an examination of the response of two subjects with a learning disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 30, 166–170. [PDF – Peer interaction and LD]

Hwang, Jean (April 2009). Tuning In: Music therapists explore new avenues with autistic children. The Washington Post. Available at website

Luck, G., Toiviainen, P., Erkkila, J., Lartillot, O., Riikkila, K. Makela, A., Phyaluoto, K. Raine, H., Varkila, L. Varri, J. (2008). Modelling the relationships between emotional responses to, and musical content of, music therapy improvisations. Psychology of Music, Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research vol 36(1): 25–45 [0305-7356 (200801) 36:1; 25–45] [PDF – Emotional Responses to Improvisation]

Malloch, S.N. (1999). Mothers and infants and communicative musicality. Musicae Scientlae, Special Issue 1999-2000, 29-57. [PDF – Communicative Musicality]

Malloch, S.N. (2005). Why do we like to dance and sing? Grove, R., Stevens, C., and McKechnie, S. (eds.), Thinking in Four Dimensions: Creativity and Cognition in Contemporary Dance. Melbourne University Press. [PDF – Why do we like to dance and sing]

Moore, D.G., Burland, K., Davidson, J.W. (2003). The social context of musical success: A developmental account. British Journal of Psychology (2003), 94, 529–549 [PDF – Social Successes]

Nayak, S., Wheeler, B.L., Shiflett, S.C. (2000). Effect of Music Therapy on Mood and Social Interaction Among Individuals With Acute Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke. Rehabilitation Psychology 2000, Vcl- 45, No. 3, 274-283 0090- 5550/00/$5.00 DOI: I0.1037//0090-5550.45.3.274 [PDF – TBI & Stroke]

Nicholson, J.M., Berthelsen, D., Abad, V., Williams, K., Bradley, J. (2008). Impact of Music Therapy to promote positive parenting and child development. Journal of Health Psychology, Vol.13(2) 226-238, DOI: 10.1177/1359105307086705. [PDF – Parenting and Child Development]

Ockelford, A., Welch, G., Zimmermann, S. (2002). Music education for pupils with severe or profound and multiple difficulties – current provision and future need. British Journal of Special Education, Vol. 29,( 4) Dec. 2002. [PDF – Multiple difficulties]

Odell, H. (1988). A music therapy approach in mental health. Psychology of Music, 1988, 16, 52-61. [PDF – A music therapy approach in mental health]

Pellitteri, J. (2000). Music Therapy in the special education setting. Journal of Eduational and Psychological consultation, 11(3&4), 379–391. [PDF – Music Therapy in Special Education]

Robarts, J. (2006). Music Therapy with Sexually Abused Children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 11(2): 249–269. DOI: 10.1177/1359104506061418 [PDF – Music therapy with sexually abused children]

Rykov, M.H. (2008). Experiencing Music Therapy Cancer Support. Journal of Health Psychology Vol 13(2) 190–200, DOI: 10.1177/1359105307086708 [PDF – Cancer Support]

Schmid, W. (2006). Maintaining dialogue - active music therapy for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Music Therapy Today (Online) Vol.VII (1) 77.98 [PDF – Active MT with MS]

Schumacher, K. (2001). The physical-emotional development within music therapy of children suffering from severe contact deficiencies. Music and Medicine, Summary of Lectures, Herbert von Karajan Centrum. [PDF – Contact Deficiencies]

Tervo, J. (2001). Music Therapy for Adolescents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1359–1045 (200101)6:1 [PDF – Music therapy for adolescents]

Trevarthen, C., Malloch, S. (2002). Musicality and music before three: human vitality and intervention shared with pride. Zero to Three, September 2002. [PDF – Musicality & Music before three]

Trevarthen, C. (2002). Autism, sympathy of motives and music therapy. Presses Universitaires de France | Enfance 2002/1 - Volume 54 ISSN 0013-7345 | ISBN 2130526756 | pages 86 à 99. [PDF – Autism, sympathy of motives mt].

Woodward, A. L. (1999). The emotional experience of an autistic child explored through music therapy. Dissertation for Anglia Polytechnic University. [PDF – Emotional Experience] Wright, K.D., Stewart, S.H., Finley, G.A., & Buffet-Jerrott (2007). Prevention and intervention strategies to alleviate preoperative anxiety in children: A critical review. Behavior Modification, 31(1), 52-79. [PDF – Preoperative anxiety in children]


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