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Music Therapy

  1. Jayne M. Standley

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy2008

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Standley, J. M. 2010. Music Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Florida State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Music therapy (MT) is an evidence-based behavioral science that elicits beneficial change in an individual or group through unique music techniques. Music therapy treatment uses psychological principles within a standard therapeutic paradigm: identification of a specific problem, assessment, development of a treatment plan incorporating research-based techniques, and evaluation of observable and measurable outcomes. Matching the music stimuli to the music preference of the client is a critical component. Over 83% of music therapists use a behavioral approach to therapy (Silverman, 2007), while a small number utilize psychoanalytic or interpretive techniques (Darrow, 2004). This article focuses on the cognitive-behavioral approaches.


  • perception;
  • cognition;
  • preference;
  • group therapy;
  • music therapy