Music therapy is an established health service at Banner Desert Medical Center that involves using music to therapeutically address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages.
Because music therapy is a powerful and non-invasive medium, it produces unique outcomes. In addition to its applications with hospital patients, music therapy is used successfully with persons of all ages and disabilities.
A board-certified professional music therapist holds a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy an American Music Therapy Association approved college and university program and has received a national certification through the Certification Board of Music Therapists.
Applications of Music Therapy in Medicine
The goal of the music therapy program at Banner Desert Medical Center is to improve the quality of care and well-being for our patients.
Music therapy can be used to:
- Reduce pain and enhance analgesic effects of medication
- Reduce depression or anxiety due to sensory deprivation in sterile hospital environments
- Reduce distress, trauma, and fear of illness and injury both for patients and their families or loved ones
- Work through feelings about death, disability, scarring, and other life-altering events
- Reduce depression, anxiety, stress, or insomnia due to illness, treatment, or recovery
- Facilitate support groups among patients
- Foster positive health attitudes
Music Therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills and then develop music interventions based on those assessments. Music therapists are also trained to evaluate outcomes of those interventions.
- Music improvisation
- Receptive music listening
- Lyric discussion
- Music and imagery
- Music performance
- Learning through music