Music therapy is not a new concept, although its acceptance by the medical community as a clinical modality is just beginning to grow. This newfound acceptance is the result of recently emerging empirical evidence supporting the efficacy of music in a range of applications. Using music to aid learning, either in recovery from brain damage or to overcome neurological disorders is widely accepted. For instance, music has been used to help patients learn to speak after traumatic brain injury (Schlaug, 2009). Much of these music learning programs are based off the Tomatis method that uses specifically adapted music tracks to stimulate cerebral blood flow and facilitate the formation of new neural pathways (Thompson, 2000). Music therapy is also used regularly to treat anxiety. These applications are easily accepted as nearly everyone has grown up with intimate musical experiences; music’s power to affect mood and set a tone are well recognized because it is a part of daily life.
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