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Music Therapy and Sound Healing

2.0 Contact Hours / 0.20 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the principles, interventions, therapeutic uses, and physiological and psychological responses of music therapy and sound healing.
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Music therapy and sound healing are holistic methods of healing that can benefit people of all ages and abilities. They use music and sound to support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.

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

  • Discuss the principles of sound.
  • Define music therapy.
  • Describe the areas of sound healing.
  • Examine music therapy interventions.
  • Describe examples of therapeutic uses and benefits of music.
  • Explain music therapy modalities.
  • Describe the physiological and psychological responses to music.
  • Discuss evidence-based practice in music therapy.

Music and sound have been used in healing practices throughout history, and the historical records of different cultures cite many examples of their healing powers (Wigram, Pedersen, & Bonde, 2004). Sound as a healing modality is probably as old as the first sound made by man or woman. Early humans used sounds in sacred and ritualistic ways to promote fertility, accept death, grow crops, and commemorate events (Goldman, 2017).

Pythagoras taught his students to change their emotions of worry, fear, sorrow, 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], 2018).

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. Many believe that music has the power to heal the body, mind, and spirit.

In an age when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities.

For example, music therapy often complements the treatment provided for individuals with neurological conditions, including brain injury, stroke, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Sound healing is used to help people recover from stroke and head injuries, it is effective in controlling nausea and pain (especially for the side effects of chemotherapy), and it is used in operating rooms to help relax clients and often to reduce the amount of anesthesia needed.

Sound healing and music therapy have greatly expanded in recent years. They have entered mainstream health care, with Medicare often covering them for clients who have Alzheimer’s disease, are recovering from strokes, or are learning to walk again.


The healing power of music and sound is widely recognized by health professionals. Music therapy and sound healing are used in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, general hospitals, outpatient clinics, daycare treatment centers, residences for people with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.

Profound scientific, medical, psychological, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual connections are involved in the power of music. Healing with music combines music 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, 2018).

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:

September 11, 2024

  • 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:

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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.