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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