The Reasons Supporting the Use of Music in Rehabilitation

  • Alessandro AntoniettiEmail author
  • Barbara Colombo
  • Braelyn R. DeRocher


This chapter presents and discusses the reasons why music can be useful in rehabilitation in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders. A comprehensive theoretical model, supported by experimental findings, is presented. According to this model, music can prompt or enhance the development of mental skills since it elicits mental processing at different levels: motor, visual, and verbal. The three levels, when synchronized, trigger synergic effects acting as “scaffolding” tools that facilitate the acquisition of the ability to be trained.


Music Rehabilitation Music therapy Neurogenerative disorders Motor system Imagery Language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Antonietti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Colombo
    • 2
  • Braelyn R. DeRocher
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of the Sacred HeartMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Division of Education and Human StudiesChamplain CollegeBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Division of Education and Human StudiesChamplain CollegeBurlingtonUSA

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