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Music Therapy: Inspiring Health and Wellness

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the elements, goals, interventions, and therapeutic uses and benefits of music therapy.
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Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. At a time when people are increasingly turning to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening method that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the benefits of music and music therapy.
  • Define music therapy.
  • Describe the elements of music therapy.
  • Describe the goals of music therapy.
  • Examine music therapy interventions.

At a time when people increasingly turn to holistic and integrative methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening method that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities. For example, music therapy often complements the treatment provided for pediatric and adult individuals with neurological conditions, including brain injury, stroke, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, mental illness, and trauma, and for hospice patients and those undergoing rehabilitation (Novotney, 2013). It is listed as a “complementary and alternative therapy” by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH] (2016).

How Does Music Support Health and Wellness?

Music is beneficial socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally, and developmentally. What is interesting, though, is why it is beneficial. When used properly, music can be an incredibly powerful therapeutic tool producing a profound impact on the brain, the body, and the spirit (American Music Therapy Association [AMTA], 2017b; Bradt, Dileo, Drocke, & Magill, 2011; Finnerty, 2011).

  • Music is a core component of being human. The human brain is primed from birth to respond to and process sounds and music. Research has shown that day-old infants are able to detect differences in rhythmic patterns. Mothers across cultures and throughout time have used lullabies and rhythmic rocking to calm crying babies. From an evolutionary standpoint, music precedes language. The human brain is wired to respond to sounds and music.
  • Music entrains us to rhythms. Have you ever walked down the street humming a song and noticed that you are walking to the beat? This is entrainment. When musical input enters the central nervous system via the auditory nerve, most of the input is processed in the brain. However, some of the input is directed to motor nerves in the spinal cord. This allows the muscles to move to the rhythm without having to think about it. This impacts how we dance to music, tap our foot to a rhythm, and walk in time to a beat.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

October 12, 2020

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.