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Music, Sound, and the Healthy Brain

1.5 Contact Hours / 0.15 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the elements of and principles of sound; how music engages the whole brain; the brain-based benefits of music; the physiological and psychological effects of music; the effect of music on mental health and stress reduction, therapeutic uses and benefits, music and the healthy aging brain; and the future of music and brain health.
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Whether you are listening to rock music in your car or listening to Mozart at home, music has an affect on your brain. Engaging in musical activity (listening and creating) involves almost every region of your brain. Music affects our brains, our minds, our thoughts, and our spirit.

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

  • Describe the elements of music.
  • Describe the principles of sound.
  • Discuss how music engages the whole brain.
  • Explain the whole-body benefits of music.
  • Identify the physiological effects of music.
  • Identify the psychological effects of music.

Music as a healing modality is probably as old as the first sound made by a man or a woman. Early humans used sounds in sacred and ritualistic ways to promote fertility, accept death, grow crops, and commemorate events. Sound and music have been used in healing practices by virtually every culture throughout history (Cantello, 2004; Wigram, Pedersen, & Bonde, 2004).

Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher, stated that music contributes to the natural harmony of the mind and the body (Moris & Linos, 2012). He taught his students to change their worries, fears, sorrows, and anger by singing and playing a musical instrument daily. Other Western philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Nietzsche, considered the practical and theoretical role of music in relation to a person’s health. Plato discussed the influence of music on the human mind (American Music Therapy Association [AMTA], 2017). Florence Nightingale understood the positive effects of harmonic and continuous sounds when she used wind instruments to help her patients heal (Moris & Linos, 2012).

Profound scientific, medical, psychological, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual connections are involved in the power of sound and music. Healing with music combines musical experiences with the inherent universal forms in music to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Like a tuning fork for the brain, music can stimulate specific regions to soothe emotions, boost the capacity for learning, and unlock creative genius (AMTA, 2014).

Today, more people listen to music than ever before in the history of the world, and there are more avenues for experiencing music than anyone could have predicted years ago. Scientists can determine which neurons in the brain are firing when music is playing. By using functional magnetic resonance images (MRIs), scientists can study how specific areas of the brain are activated while the individual listens to music. The field of music cognition (the study of music as a product of the human mind) existed before MRIs, but there has been significant growth in this field of research since the invention and utilization of MRIs.

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.

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  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
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Practice Level:


Content Focus:

Foundational Knowledge

Course Expires:

October 01, 2026

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
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.