Music Therapy, Wellness, and Stress Reduction

  • Andrea M. Scheve
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 546)


Music therapy (MT) is an established health profession using music and music activities or interventions to address physical, emotional, cognitive, social, psychological, and physiological needs of infants, children, adolescents, and adults including the elderly, with disabilities or illnesses. MT may also be used with healthy children and adults to maintain wellness throughout life. MT builds on the power of music, using music in a focused and concentrated way for healing and for change. It is a non-invasive medical treatment designed to prevent illness and disease, alleviate pain and stress, help people express feelings, promote physical rehabilitation, positively affect moods and emotional states, enhance memory recall, and provide unique opportunities for social interaction and emotional intimacy.1


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea M. Scheve
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  1. 1.Children’s Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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