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Music Therapy is an evidence-based, therapeutic approach that harnesses the controlled use of music and
specific elements of music to achieve therapeutic goals. Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a specialized discipline within Music Therapy. NMT is “the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, affective, sensory, language, and motor dysfunctions due to disease or injury to the human nervous
system.”1

NMT uses music and its elements as therapuetic interventions focusing on non-musical goal areas of speech and language, cognition, and sensorimotor skills. NMT is grounded in and based on neuroscientific models of neuro-rehabilitation, music perception and music production. Participatory music activities stimulate cognitive, motor and speech centres in the brain. Participation in music-based activities changes non-musical brain and behaviour functions by building and strengthening neural connections. NMT training is
endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (WFNR) and the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies (EFNS).

Music Therapy can also be an effective therapeutic tool in addressing the psychosocial needs of the participant who is coping with the emotional impact of trauma, brain injury, and the losses associated with a neuro-degenerative illness and neurological deficits. Music therapy can be appropriate for people at all levels of functioning. Improved outcomes have been documented even with disorders of consciousness.

Neuroplasticity is the process in which the brain’s neural networks are altered as a result of environmental, behavioral and neural changes. Music is one of the most effective activies to achieve a greater degree of plasticity. Music listening and participation activates nearly every
region of the brain. Musical participation can stimulate the creation of new neural networks and the strenghthening of existing networks in a brain that is damaged by injury or weakend by disease.

Music Therapy Toronto: What We Do
Music Therapy Toronto specializes in neuro-rehabilitation through Neurologic Music Therapy, as well as music
based psychotherapy and adapted music education for a variety of clinical issues and populations.

Client Populations
-Brain Injury
-Stroke
-Severe Physical Disabilities
-Huntington’s Disease
-Parkinson’s Disease
-Dementia
-Cerebral Palsy
-Autism
-Multiple Sclerosis

Interdisciplinary Team
Music Therapists work as members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Music therapy can be a highly effective way of achieving therapeutic goals set in rehabilitation care plans.

Aaron Lightstone MMT, RP, MTA, NMT
Registered Psychotherapist, Neurologic Music Therapist
Aaron is an accredited Music Therapist, award-winning musician, author, and educator, with over 19 years of experience.
For more information please visit www.musictherapytoronto.com or contact (416) 702-1797 info@musictherapytoronto.com

1Thaut MH, Hoemberg V. (Eds). Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy, 2014