Reviewed by Michael Gill, B. Sc.
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Music Therapyfor Other Preterm Infants

< 18
All Sexes
Several positive physiological and behavioural outcomes have been observed in preterm infants exposed to music therapy during their stay at Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). There is ample evidence in the literature showing that brief exposure to music can lead to superior performance on a host of cognitive tasks in laboratory settings in children, adolescent and adults. However, till date no study has examined the cognitive benefits of NICU music therapy in preterm infants. Further habituation tests have been employed to examine cognitive functioning in infants in laboratory setting but the same test have not been employed as a measure to examine early cognitive functioning in preterm infants. This project will be carried out to examine the benefits of NICU music therapy on the cognitive functioning of preterm infants born at 27- 33 weeks of gestational age. A randomized controlled research design will be employed to compare cognitive functioning between the treatment and control group at 18 - 24 months of corrected gestational age. The treatment group will be exposed to music therapy during their stay in NICU and the controlled group will be exposed to all standardized care available at our institution except music therapy. Habituation tests will be used to examine cognitive functioning of the preterm infants in groups at 18 - 24 months of gestational age.
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Regina General Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Deaprtment of PediatricsJayalakshmi Bodani
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Most Recent Music Therapy Clinical Trials

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based application of music techniques to achieve specific objectives in a therapeutic relationship under the supervision of a qualified practitioner who has completed an accredited music therapy program. Music therapy was founded in 1983 by The Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT) in the United States.

The Berklee College of Music, Maryville University of Saint Louis, and Western Michigan University are leading academic institutions contributing to clinical research. Research has proven that music therapy can help many health issues, including physical, emotional, and psychological conditions.

Some different types of music therapy can be as follows:

  • Analytical Music Therapy - uses voice or instruments to help express unconscious thoughts that a patient discusses with a therapist afterward.
  • Benenzon Music Therapy - combines psychoanalysis while making music by finding your musical sound identity. This uses external sounds to help match your mental and psychological state.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Music Therapy - uses cognitive behavioral therapy with reinforcing behaviors through music. This may include singing, dancing, and playing instruments.
  • Community Music Therapy - facilitates change at the community level through group settings by using music.
  • Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy - uses instruments such as the cymbal or drums while a therapist plays along with a patient.
  • The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music - uses classical music to stimulate the imagination.
  • Vocal Psychotherapy - uses vocal exercises to help connect with a patient's emotions.

What Can Music Therapy Help With?

Music therapy, also known as music rehabilitation, is a recognized healthcare specialty that uses music to help people with various medical conditions. Below, we summarize a list of conditions that music therapy has been proven to help:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Hypertension
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Why is Music Therapy Being Studied In Clinical Trials?

Music therapy is being studied in clinical trials to investigate its efficacy in treating various conditions. Since music therapy has been proven effective in many different illnesses, new research is continuing to research new applications. The most recent conditions studied are Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease.

What are the Different Types of Music Therapy?

There are many different types of music therapy, but some of the most common include:

  • Active Music Therapy: Active music therapy involves using music to improve the physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of people with conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, cancer, and more.
  • Passive Music Therapy: Passive music therapy involves listening to music to help relax and reduce stress. This music therapy can be used for people with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
  • Guided Music Therapy: Guided music therapy involves working with a music therapist to choose music that will help you achieve your goals. This music therapy can be used for people with PTSD, addiction, and eating disorders.

What are some of the breakthroughs in the music therapy field?

2014: Autism - This study demonstrates that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) respond well to music therapy. The study tested seventeen children with ASD from ages six to nine. Music therapy was proven to help ASD children with social skills and shows that further research can help support evidence.

2018: Gynecological Cancer - This study demonstrates that individual music therapy sessions can help reduce fatigue related to cancer and depression. Music therapy also improves the quality of life for women who suffer from breast and gynecological cancer during radiotherapy.

2022: Dementia - This study highlights that meaningful activities, such as music therapy, have proven to help those who have dementia living in residential care.

Who Were The Key Opinion Leaders On Music Therapy?

Some of the key opinion leaders on music therapy clinical trial research are:

  • Thayer Gaston: Also known as the father of music therapy. He was a psychologist in the 1940s who helped develop music therapy as a treatment. He studied at the University of Kansas and later became the Director of Music Therapy for the school.
  • Ira Altshuler: was a psychiatrist and music therapist in 1938. His work was some of the first large-scale music therapy programs to help people with mental illnesses.

About The Author

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Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 13th, 2021

Last Reviewed: November 17th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.

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