Music Therapy

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Music can help reduce anxiety and perceptions of pain

The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as "the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program" (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005).

How can Music Therapy help me?

Clinical interventions are based on scientific research that shows music therapy can:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Enhance relaxation and reduce anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Lift mood and enhance expression
  • Improve quality of life

What types of musical therapy is offered at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center?

We have compiled a "Healing Music to Go" collection of approximately 50 CD's that you can check out at the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC) in the main lobby (Level B2) of the Cancer Center. Many of these musical selections and other content have been downloaded onto I-pod's that are available for check out at the PERC while you are here for an appointment in the Cancer Center.

If you're interested in scheduling an appointment with a music therapist or want more information, please call 877-907-0859.

Music Therapy Library

Composed and Recorded by: Megan Gunnell, LMSW, MT-BC and John Steffenson, MT-BC

Acknowledgement

The Guided Imagery Program is made possible by gifts to the Patient and Family Support Services Program. Learn how you can help by visiting our Make a Gift web pages.

If you're interested in scheduling an appointment with a music therapist or want more information, please call 877-907-0859.

updated 12/2011

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