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Frequently Asked Questions
What is music therapy?
How can music therapy improve health?
What kind of training is required for music
Music therapy is offered in one-to-one sessions with patients, in family sessions and in group sessions with other patients, family members, friends and/or medical staff. In addition, we provide environmental music therapy to promote a relaxing and soothing atmosphere for patients, families and staff on the unit. We are also implementing community outreach programs such as the Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) in local schools and outpatient services such as The Music & Health Clinic for performing artists and musicians, Music for AIR for adults with respiratory illnesses, and Music for CAIR for adults with heart disease.
What is a music therapy session like?
A typical session may involve music listening, guided visualization, structured songs, clinical improvisation, song writing or music-assisted relaxation. All sessions are tailored to the patient's needs and preferences. At Mount Sinai Beth Israel, music therapists play live music, customized to the individual needs of each patient based on preferences, physical and emotional state. Unlike recorded music, live music can be adjusted and adapted to the patient throughout the session. For example, sedation may be supported by slowing the tempo of the music gradually and changing musical elements such as meter, arrangement and texture. Participants may choose to play, sing, direct or simply listen and are provided with easy-to-play instruments.
Who can benefit from music therapy?
We work with people across the life span, from premature infants in the NICU to people recovering from surgery to end-of-life care. Patients in the hospital may benefit from music therapy to alleviate pain, anxiety, or depression, provide gentle stimulation for loss of consciousness and enhance coping, communication and quality of life. People in the community who are coping with an illness may also receive music therapy through our outpatient programs for children and teens with asthma, adults with COPD or heart disease, and musicians and performing artists. Read more about music therapy for specific medical issues in the Clinical Services section for adults or children.
Is there research to support music therapy?
There are numerous scientific research studies that support the use of music therapy in medical settings that are published in peer reviewed journals. You will find relevant articles listed under each page in the Clinical Services section for adults or children or see our Related Links page for Websites containing research databases, authoritative literature and articles on music therapy.
What current music therapy research studies are there at Mount Sinai Beth Israel?
Our Masters- and Doctoral- level music therapy team conducts cutting-edge research in music and medicine. We currently have several studies in process. Follow the links below to find out more or to enroll in one of our studies.
For questions about music therapy or referrals for yourself, your loved ones or your patients, please call (212) 420-2704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I learn more about music therapy?
Follow the links under Clinical Services section for adults or children to find out more information on music therapy services available for specific needs. We list our orientation and training programs in the Education & Training Section. Check out our Related Links page for other sites containing information on music therapy. In addition, the American Music Therapy Association includes general information on the field of music therapy.
Do you provide training or orientations on your music therapy approach?
We provide 1-2 day orientations and observations on our music therapy approach are available to anyone who is interested. We are also an AMTA-approved training site for music therapy students seeking the internship for board certification. For music therapy professionals seeking advanced training in our music psychotherapy approach, we have an International Training Institute and the Thanks to Scandinavia program.
What is the International Association for Music and Medicine?
How do I receive a free journal of the journal 'Music & Medicine' which is co-edited by Joanne Loewy and Ralph Spingte?
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