music therapy

noun

: therapy based on engagement in musical activities : the therapeutic use of music (as to reduce anxiety, improve cognitive functioning, promote physical rehabilitation, or enhance interpersonal communication) that typically involves listening to music, singing, playing musical instruments, or composing music
In 1992, the National Institutes of Health created an Office of Alternative Medicine … to evaluate therapies ranging from homeopathy and music therapy to acupuncture.Corinna Wu
music therapist noun
plural music therapists
Music therapists have found that post-operative patients who listen to soothing music require less pain medication. Dave Tianen

Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of music therapy was in 1919

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“Music therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/music%20therapy. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

music therapy

noun
mu·​sic therapy ˈmyü-zik- How to pronounce music therapy (audio)
: therapy based on engagement in musical activities : the therapeutic use of music (as to reduce anxiety, improve cognitive functioning, promote physical rehabilitation, or enhance interpersonal communication) that typically involves listening to music, singing, playing musical instruments, or composing music
music therapist noun
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