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

Examples of music therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Proceeds support the nonprofit’s music therapy programs benefiting children, families, seniors, military, veterans and the wider community. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 Marina currently serves in an internship for music therapy at I.U. Health in Bloomington, where her singing talents provide emotional support for patients. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2024 The organization educates kids on the dangers of drug use and also provides music therapy. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 While in the program, kids with chronic pain receive daily doses of physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, and recreational and music therapy by a team of providers who work together to coordinate care for each patient. Antje M. Barreveld, STAT, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for music therapy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Jul. 2024.

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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