Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the difference between Music Therapy (MT) and Neurologic Music Therapy? - Traditionally, Music Therapy has been looked at through a social science lens, using music for emotional well-being. Emergence of recent research has shown us that music has a profound effect on the human brain. NMT looks at music from a neuroscience lens and uses standardized interventions to help people recover movement, speech and language, and cognition.

  • How long does a session of therapy usually last? - Each session is individualized based on the person’s needs. Generally, sessions are 60 minutes.

  • Who does the therapy? - Each therapy session is lead by a board certified music therapist (MT-BC), who also is certified in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT).

  • Why does there need to be a therapist? Can't I just play music from my digital device? - All interventions are standardized, individualized, and based upon neuroscience research. A therapist is trained in how our brains process certain elements of music, and can change the music accordingly in real time. Also, all interventions are interactive, meaning the clients must be involved in order to be successful. Turning on a radio will not elicit these same results and cannot be changed as clients progress.

  • What if I do not live near an NMT? - Please ask us about our services. MedRhythms is rapidly expanding, and if we cannot send an NMT to you, we may be able to assist you in trialing our telemedicine service.

  • What does a typical therapy session consist of? - Each session is very different depending on the goals. Sessions may involve singing, walking to live music, playing piano, playing a drum, kicking tambourines, using handbells. It can vary greatly.

  • What is the difference between NMT and an Interactive Metronome? - The Interactive Metronome (IM) has been shown in some case studies to be effective. Patients are encouraged to match walking or movement to the beat of the IM. Research in the neuroscience of music shows that our brain's ability to "entrain" or neurologically match a rhythm happens at a subcortical level, and NMTs are able to drive this response and create change in the brain rather than just asking the client to consciously match the rhythm. A trained NMT is also necessary in order to properly assess clients and design high quality interventions specifically for them, and to be able to respond in real time as the client progresses.

  • How do I get this care? - An e-mail can be sent to with any questions or to coordinate care.

  • How do I find an NMT? - Just ask!

  • What services do you offer hospitals? - We offer hospitals a wide range of services. From the highest quality clinical care, to world-class education and training done by our team.

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