The Present and Future of Medical Music Therapy for Adults in the U.S.A.


  • Cheryl Dileo Faculty of Fine Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy Emerita, Temple University, USA


Music Therapy, Medical Music Therapy, United States, Music Intervention, Music Therapy Theory


This article provides an overview of medical music therapy theory, practice, and research in the United States. The breadth and depth of treatment as well as clinical goals for those with a wide range of medical problems is described. Medical music therapy uses a range of music interventions. Differences between medical music therapy and other music practices in hospitals, e.g., music medicine are detailed. Results of systematic reviews published in the distinguished Cochrane Library are summarized. Recommendations for theory, practice, training, and research are provided as a means to advance medical music therapy in the future.




How to Cite

Dileo, Cheryl. 2021. “A”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 23 (December):79-93.