Actually, Music Therapy does work
AbstractImprovisational music therapy is effective when engagement between the therapist and the client takes place. Moreover, the effectiveness of music therapy will be measured more effectively by researchers if they focus on how it builds on strengths rather than determining its effectiveness in reducing symptoms. The author is commenting on the TIME-A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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