Music therapy - The evidence

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Music therapy - The evidence


Music therapists are frequently required to provide proof of the efficacy of music as a therapeutic medium. A literature review is presented to show clear evidence of music therapy as a viable means of therapy in diverse applications. Selected articles from music therapy Journals have been reviewed to represent music therapy clinical practice with different age groups and client populations. Emphasis is placed on research in which gains are made by the clients through music therapy. The literature review indicates that music therapy is successfully incorporated into treatment/education programmes for clients with special needs due to disabling conditions or illness, and in the management of pain.


Key words: Music therapy; literature review; research; efficacy


Erdonmez, D. (1991). Music therapy - The evidence. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 2, 12-24.

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Date published: July 1991