Singing Improves Voice and Swallow Impairment in Parkinson's Patients

Singing as a therapeutic strategy may be a viable treatment for voice, respiratory, and swallow impairment in persons with PD. Singing shares many elements in common with voice production and targets the musculature involved in respiratory control and swallow.…

Apps for Learning Disabilities

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the…

Music has Powerful (and Visible) Effects on the Brain

It doesn't matter if it's Bach, the Beatles, Brad Paisley or Bruno Mars. Your favorite music likely triggers a similar type of activity in your brain as other people's favorites do in theirs. 

That's one of the things…

How Music Helps Us Be More Creative

In today’s world, creative thinking is needed more than ever. Not only do many businesses seek creative minds to fill their ranks, but the kinds of complex social problems we face could also use a good dose of creativity. 

Music can help heal traumatic brain injury

Past and present service members and dependents suffering from traumatic brain injury can now take part in a Creative Forces music therapy program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the DoD, designed to help them…

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects five to ten percent of all children – an average of one child in every classroom. But how do you know if your child may have Sensory Processing Disorder? What are the sensory processing disorder…

Top 12 Brain-Based Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works

There are over 5,000 board-certified music therapists in the United States. And there’s one question we get asked daily: 

What is music therapy? 
According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of…

Music Therapy Helps Man Regain Voice After Snowboarding Accident

Six years ago, a snowboarding accident left an 18-year-old man with a catastrophic brain injury. The removal of part of his brain prevented him from moving or speaking. Barbara Harrison shares how music therapy helped him make a dramatic recovery…

'What Can Music Do?' Rethinking Autism Through Music Therapy

Half a century ago in England, the Philadelphia-born musician Paul Nordoff—a conservatory-trained pianist who’d composed music for Martha Graham ballets and taught at Bard College—sat down to play for an unlikely audience: a little boy named Johnny who was…

Music’s Effect on Alzheimer’s

My interest in music and memory began during my music therapy internship at a small nursing home in Brooklyn in the fall of 1978. It was there that I witnessed firsthand the power of music to reach seemingly lost function…