Health Benefits

What are some benefits of music therapy?


  • Speech
  • Lung capacity
  • Physical functioning, walking & gait, range of motion
  • Memory recall
  • Emotional expression
  • Sensory perception
  • Socialization
  • Sense of belonging
  • Self-esteem/personal growth
  • Stress management
  • Cognition
  • Reality orientation


  • Agitation/Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Physical & emotional pain
  • Isolation, loneliness
  • Depression

Who Benefits from Music Therapy?

Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds. This includes but is not limited to (CAMT 1994):

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • AIDS
  • Autism and other Pervasive Development Disabilities
  • Critical Care
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Emotional Traumas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teens at Risk
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Visual Impairments

More Reading & Research on the Benefits of Music Therapy:

Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression

Music And Health: What Can Music Do For Your Mental Health?

Music therapy programs opening new worlds for patients

Music Therapy for Individuals With Autism

Tapping music’s power to heal the brain

Music unlocks teacher’s voice in brain aneurysm recovery

Gabrielle Giffords: How music therapy is helping her recovery