Music for Our Brains and Hearts

Speech and Music Therapist, Kathleen M. Howland, talks about how music can affect us from before birth throughout our lives. Music can be a tool for diagnosing learning disabilities at very young ages.

Music has always been used to facilitate group efforts, such as working in a way where synchronized movements allow people to accomplish greater feats than if not-synchronized.

Music affects the brain in different ways, and can be used both as an assessment tool and as a therapeutic application to support and even repair neuron-networks.

Neurologists now work with music therapists to investigate the potentials for helping people with a variety of needs make progress. Music is about more than comfort or distraction. It’s about motivation, organization, coordination, relaxation, and stimulation.

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Healing Through Music Therapy

Jodi Winnwalker has witnessed incredible transformations during her years as a Board-Certified Music Therapist. In this TEDx talk, she shares  pictures and videos that illustrate the power of music and the healing transformations that can take place when this beloved art form is used in a therapeutic setting.

She talks about what makes music therapy effective, why music is a ‘whole-brain’ experience, and shares insights into how music therapists think about their craft.

Music + Therapy

Most people understand what it means to be a therapist. Terms, such as speech therapist, physical therapist, and talk therapist are common in our daily lives. Similarly, most people understand what it means to be a musician or play music. Why is it then, that when people here the term “Music Therapist” they seems to have no idea what it means?

  • Is that therapy for musicians?
  • Is that like when you play music for people to relax?

In this TEDx talk, music therapist Erin Seibert, MT-BC shares her mission: To have “Music Therapist” become a household term.

Need more information about Music Therapy?

Visit the American Music Therapy Association website.

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Music and Minds

People all around the world enjoy active music making, from infants to the elderly. Music is a universally enjoyable experience that not only captivates us, research is now showing that participation in music-based experiences can help re-wire our brains in ways that result in a higher quality of life.

Music Therapists are experts in the field of music-based therapy. A Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) is a credentialed healthcare professional who custom designs interventions for therapeutic purposes. Music therapists visit clients in schools, retirement communities, day-care facilities, and homes.

Why is music good for your mind?

Researches tell us that music accesses more parts of our minds than just about any other experience. That’s right! Music lights up our brains in more ways than just about anything else we do, which is why it’s the perfect medium for maintaining and restoring function.

Playing music requires that we use more of our executive function, the part of our brains involved in complex tasks. But music also connects to our emotions and reward centers in our brains, which is why it works so well to motivate us to achieve and stay engaged in a music-based experience.

We know that the more we can stimulate our minds and stay active, the more capable we will be as we get older. The emotional component of music is unmatched in other types of therapies and it’s what makes music therapy a popular service among older adults and children alike.

To find out more about the many ways music therapy can help  you or your loved ones, visit other pages on this site and then visit the American Music Therapy Association website.


Golden State Music Therapy serves the greater Los Angeles area, including the San Fernando Valley, West Lake Village, Thousand Oaks, Beverly Hills, Glendale, Pasadena, and surrounding areas.

About Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established health care profession that uses musical experience of all types within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals and groups.

Clinical research shows that children, adolescents, adults, and seniors can benefit from music therapy treatment through its use in physical rehabilitation, pain management, enriched special education services, emotional support, socialization, and wellness programs.

Music therapy is delivered by a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), someone who has the skills and training to provide a broad range of music-based interventions, assess the needs and abilities of the client(s), recommend goals and objectives, develop treatment plans, and can effectively communicate with other members of the treatment team.

Golden State  Music Therapy provides individual and group music therapy sessions within the greater Los Angeles area for a variety of populations, including:

  • Persons with Special Needs (TBI, DD, ID, etc.)
  • Older Adults in Assisted Living and  Health Care Facilities
  • Adults in Addiction Treatment
  • Groups and Organizations with wellness goals (stress management, conflict resolution, etc.)