Therapeutic Music and Nursing in Poststroke Rehabilitation (CE)


  • Andrew J. Knight MA MT-BC,

    Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Andrew J. Knight, MA MT-BC, is an assistant professor of music therapy at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

  • Nikki Wiese CMA

    Cardiology Office NurseSearch for more papers by this author
    • Nikki Wiese, CMA, is a cardiology office nurse at the Med Center One Q&R Clinic in Bismarck, ND.


Individuals who experience stroke undergo a critical rehabilitation process with the aid of professionals including physical, occupational, and speech therapists, as well as primary care from nursing staff. However, the extent of the role that music can play in facilitating the rehabilitation process is unknown. Board-certified music therapists are employed in several capacities within the rehabilitation environment. There is a need for nursing professionals in this area to better understand the role a music therapist may play and how they can assist clients in using music in a therapeutically beneficial way. The purpose of this article is to educate nurses about music therapy and provide evidence for the therapeutic use of music in the rehabilitation setting for victims of stroke.