Actually, Music Therapy does work

Authors

  • Alan Turry DA, MT-BC, LCAT Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy, New York University, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47513/mmd.v10i2.604

Abstract

Improvisational 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.

Author Biography

Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy, New York University, United States

 Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy as well as researcher, senior clinician, level III trainer/educator and supervisor for advanced trainees and therapists; teaches clinical improvisation in the NYU Graduate Music Therapy Program. Dr. Turry is on the editorial board of Music and Medicine, the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. His published research in music and medicine has focused on the psychological effects of musical elements. In his doctoral research he examined the relationship between lyrics and music in improvised songs that were created in the context of music therapy with a woman diagnosed with cancer. 

References

References

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Turry A. Response to effects of improvisational music therapy vs. enhanced standard care on symptom severity among children with autism spectrum disorder: the TIME-A randomized clinical trial. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. 2017; 87-89.

Mössler K, Gold C, Aßmus J, Schumacher K, Calvet C, Reimer S, Iversen G, Schmid W. The Therapeutic Relationship as Predictor of Change in Music Therapy with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3306-y

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Published

2018-04-30

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