Music Therapy for Rehabilitation and Neurological Impairment

At Muse for Life in Sandy Springs Atlanta, we give private & group music therapy sessions for all populations in need of rehabilitation, or whom are suffering from neurological impairment. Music therapy benefits clients undergoing rehabilitation and recovering from neurological impairment caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury. In each case, music therapy implements rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS), patterned sensory enhancement (PSE) and therapeutic instrument playing (TIMP). Therapy helps prevent complications that can obstruct recovery, teaches adaptive strategies, retrains affected parts of the nervous system through specific exercise techniques, ensures the availability & proper use of physical aids, encourages use of affected limbs and emphasizes functional, task and goal oriented exercises andactivities. Therapy uses effective learning & training strategies by emphasizing the training of functional movements in a highly repetitive, patterned & rhythmic manner. Music therapy clients recovering from these conditions are evaluated in four key areas: cognitive (memory, receptive & expressive language, attention & concentration, problem solving strategies); sensorimotor (balance, coordination, range of motion, endurance, muscle tone & body awareness); medical (heart conditions, seizures, hypertension, diabetes & lung diseases) and socioemotional (impaired independent living skills, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sexual dysfunction or aggressive behaviors).

MusicTherapy Goals for Rehabilitation and Neurological Impairment

Goals for using music therapy for rehabilitation and recovery from neurological impairment are numerous and may be viewed within the context of specific skill sets. Generally, these are:


Cognitive Skill-Building Goals

* To increase or improve sensory stimulation & training

* To improve reality orientation, attention training, memory training, perceptual training & executive

* Strategies training

* To use rhythm, melody & other elements of music

* To provide excellent structures to organize & remember information (mneumonic, chunking, rhyme)


Communication Skill-Building Goals

* To treat aphasia by facilitating spontaneous voluntary speech

* To practice Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT)

* To practice the Nonpropositional Speech Stimulation approach

* To practice rhythmic speech cuing

* To treat dyspraxia by facilitating & improving oral motor function

* To practice vocal intonation therapy by position training with & without sound

* To improve speech, muscular and breath control

* To practice therapeutic singing & vocal exercises

* To practice rhythmic breath exercises

* To practice upper body relaxation

* To control rate of speech using rhythmic cuing


Motor Skill-Building Goals

* To improve motor skills & functioning

* To practive music & movement integration to provide motivation, purpose, structure, & physiological facilitation

* To expereince movement with music as time keeper, pacemaker & muscular entrainment signal.

* To experience music as patterned sensory stimulation

* To experience music as rhythmic entrainment

* To experience music as audiospinal facilitation (startle reflex)

* To exercise physical functions through movement with music

* To recognize music's auditory feedback & purposeful movement

* To use music to provide affective/motivational arousal and motor memory


Socioemotional Skill-Building Goals

* To utilize music as a means of reducing anxiety, facilitating coping mechanisms and fulfilling the need for social interaction skills


Parkinson's Disease & Huntington's Disease specifically respond well to music therapy. Rhythmic movement synchronization and metronome rhythmic gait training help individuals with Huntington's and Parkinson's disease maintain and use their motor functioning for as long as possible.


Contact Us At:

Muse for Life Community Inspiration Center

205 Hilderbrand Drive

Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328

(404) 943-1063,