Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Music Therapy

  • Ronna S. Kaplan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_525

According to the American Music Therapy Association, “music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” Music therapy interventions may be systematically designed to promote wellness; manage stress; and improve communication/language, social/emotional, cognitive, and/or perceptual/motor skills, and more. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare, educational, and social service settings.

As early as the 1970s, pioneers in the music therapy field began to identify the role that music therapy could play for immigrants. Schorsch suggested the use of music to promote cultural integration, particularly as an aspect of a family therapy approach for immigrant and minority group members, as a future orientation in music therapy. Euper also suggested considering the role of...

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Suggested Readings

  1. Chase, K. (2003). Multicultural music therapy: A review of literature. Music Therapy Perspectives, 21, 84–87.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronna S. Kaplan
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  1. 1.The Music Settlement Department of Music TherapyAmerican Music Therapy AssociationClevelandUSA