About Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the evidence-based incorporation of music into the therapeutic process; music therapists will use music-based intervention in addition to other techniques within their scope of practice to provide a therapeutic experience. LCTPS aims to expand Louisville music therapy programming to meet the needs of our community. Music can be especially helpful in expressing the emotions we may have difficulty verbalizing initially; as Hans Christian Andersen once said, "Where words fail, music speaks."

What Research Supports Music Therapy?

The field of music therapy is supported by an extensive body of peer-reviewed research. Check out some of the research selections below to learn more:

Music Therapy in Mental Health

Music therapy research demonstrates meaningful outcomes in addressing self-image, self-esteem, general functioning, social functioning,  anxiety, agitation, interpersonal relationships, motivation, and more. 

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Music Therapy in Substance Use Disorder

When working in Substance Use populations,  music therapy has been shown to improve depressive symptoms, decrease anxiety, increase emotional expression, improve sense of social connection, improve coping skills, improve quality of life and more. 

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Music Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Music therapists have worked well with autistic individuals, providing safe spaces to address emotional, psychosocial, and communicative needs. Check out some. of the research on music therapy with Autistic individuals here:

Music Therapy in Early Childhood Development

Music Therapy in early childhood development has been shown to successfully and significantly address academic, social, communicative, physical, and psycho-social needs of children. Check out the archive of digital magazines published by Imagine Magazine that includes up to date research, clinical applications, and techniques surrounding music therapy with children:

Music Therapy in Military Veterans

Military Veteran Populations demonstrate unique needs relative to that of general mental health populations. Check out the research below on music therapy and military populations:

Music Therapy in Older Adults and Hospice Care

In older adult and hospice care populations, music therapy is well equipped to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of individuals. Music therapy has been shown to decrease pain perception, improve social interaction, improve a sense of family communication and relationship completion, and facilitate avenues for spiritual expression and support. Check out the related research below:

Music Therapy in Neuro-Rehabilitation 

In older adult and hospice care populations, music therapy is well equipped to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of individuals. Music therapy has been shown to decrease pain perception, improve social interaction, improve a sense of family communication and relationship completion, and facilitate avenues for spiritual expression and support. Check out the related research below:

Music Therapy in Other Populations