Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is based on research evidence from a neuroscience model of music perception and production. These techniques use elements of music (rhythm, meter, melody) to engage the brain in creating new pathways in the brain. The techniques are made up of standardized treatment which are adaptable to the client’s needs. The clinical research evidence is categorized in three domains:
Lullabies & Laments
Lullabies and laments build resiliency is the optic for this post. All year round, but specially in March, I always make sure I have a good selection of Irish songs, lullabies, and hymns with me for music therapy sessions. I love Irish music. I’m a violin/fiddle player, and when I’m visiting a hospice patient with the fiddle, they always request Irish type of music. In the Irish tradition, there are many song styles. I have compiled a list of the top 6 Irish songs styles:
Top 6 Irish Song Styles
Lament songs are about loss.
Humorous songs are funny songs.
Rebel songs relate to an actual historical
event expressing an Irish point of view.
Emigrant songs lament the issue of Irish emigration.
Aisling songs are songs in which a woman character
personifies the country of Ireland.
Irish ballads tell stories.
According to Dr. Nancy Lee’s book “Lyrics of Lament: From Tragedy to Transformation,” Haitians who survived the rubble of the recent earthquake were seen walking together singing laments in the midst of their difficult situation. A sign of human resilience. Laments are a human response to tragedy.
According to O’Callaghan (2008), lullabies have been traditionally used to comfort, soothe fears, and express love. We associate them with lulling babies to sleep.
Lullabies not only help children, but adults too. Lullabies help to create psychological order during chaos and increase their resilience. How? (more…)
I am proud to announce that I am now a Neurologic Music Therapist! I can be identified on the NMT Registry as a member through the Robert Unkefer Academy of Neurological Music Therapy.
Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) techniques are grounded in scientific and clinical research. The standardized intervention areas adapted to help clients with functional life skills in NMT are as follows:
Speech and language training
Besides the fantastic outcomes of NMT sessions, there is the added benefit that Access Music Therapy, llc has a new tool to improve access to third-party reimbursement (insurance) for music therapy services. If you think you or your child might benefit, contact me.
And, if you are curious and want to learn more about NMT sessions, stay tuned, and register your email with me for updates because I will continue to blog about how YOU can benefit from Neurologic Music Therapy!