Music is a powerful medium for attracting our attention. Because it is made up of interesting and ever-changing patterns of repetition and contrast, music can be an effective therapeutic tool to promote learning for people with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or brain injury. Studies show, for example, that people remember information learned using a musical mnemonic. Consider how we all learned our ABCs and to count when young. The music therapist will compile or compose music for individuals that embeds the academic or cognitive information in the song for quick recall. Many such songs are archived in our Song of the Month collection.
Background music has also been shown to improve performance for some people working on work tasks. An evaluation by the music therapist will determine if this approach is best for you. Then working with you, the therapist will find the most effective background music and create a playlist for use at home, work, or school.
Some studies have shown that studying instrumental music improves academic performance. Music Therapy Services offers adaptive instruction in strings, piano, voice, drums, guitar, and trumpet. These lessons are for students who for any reason cannot be successful with traditional music instruction.