Music therapy has proven to have some success among children with disabilities, as well. Children are drawn to the rhythm of the instruments and many find a way to communicate and open themselves up by singing or playing an instrument. Increasingly, schools and after-school programs for children with disabilities are incorporating music therapy and seeing great results.
— March 28,2012 Jennifer Cerbasi
Music Therapy is an efficacious and valid treatment for persons who have psychosocial, affective, cognitive and communicative needs. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those who are resistive to other treatment approaches. Music is a form of sensory stimulation that provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability and feelings of security associated with it. Music therapy for clients with mental health concerns uses musical interaction as a means of communication and expression. The aim of therapy is to help individuals develop relationships and address issues they may not be able to with words.
— American Music Therapy Association, Inc. 2012
Music has an innate quality that can assist us in the healing process from surgery. It can make us relax beforehand and soothe us afterwards. This art form is more than notes on a page or jingles on the radio. It is an art that can aid in the healing process and create a world in which the patient is stress free.
— Examiner, February 2013
According to a study from the University of Kentucky, patients who were exposed to music prior to surgery, during surgery and after surgery were "less anxious before the procedure and recovered more quickly and satisfactorily after by being exposed to music intra- and post-operation." In addition, the patients also "required less sedative medication and reported better satisfaction with their medical experience."
— MesotheliomaHelp.net - January 2013