Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy

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Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy

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9780199695461: Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a form of music therapy developed for people suffering from cognitive, sensory, or motor dysfunctions - arising from neurological diseases of the nervous system. People who can benefit from this therapy include sufferers from: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc).

The Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy is a comprehensive landmark text presenting a new and revolutionary model of music in rehabilitation, therapy and medicine that is scientifically validated and clinically tested. Each of the 20 clinical techniques is described in detail with specific exercises, richly illustrated and with pertinent background information regarding research and clinical diagnoses.

The book is a 'must have' for all neurologic music therapists and those who want to become one, clinicians, university faculty, and students alike. Physicians and therapists from other disciplines will find this tome an important guide to provide new insight how music can contribute significantly to brain rehabilitation and how Neurologic Music Therapists can be effective interdisciplinary providers in patient care.

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About the Author:


Michael H. Thaut, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Director, Music and Health Research Collaboratory MaHRC,Volker Hoemberg, St Mauritius Klinik Meerbusch, Germany

Michael H Thaut received his masters and PhD in music from Michigan State University with a minor in movement science. He also holds diplomas from the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg/Austria and the University of Muenster/Germany. At Colorado State University he is a Professor of Music and a Professor of Neuroscience and served as Dean of the School of the Arts from 2001 to 2010. He has been the Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1994 His internationally recognized research in brain function and music focuses on temporal information processing in the brain related to rhythmicity and biomedical applications of music to neurologic rehabilitation. His discoveries how auditory rhythm entrains motor and cognitive functions have led to landmark changes how music has become recognized as a language of brain rehabilitation. He has over 180 scientific and scholarly publications and has (co)authored 4 books.

Review:

"In a long overdue text, Thaut and Hoemberg have brought together a group of internationally acclaimed authors to synthesize the research, theory, and practice of neurologic music therapy as practiced present day. Grounded in theories of neuroscience and supported by rigorous research studies,
the various contributors report on interventions that improve the health and wellbeing of a range of client groups"

--Felicity A. Baker, The University of Melbourne, Australia

"This is an excellent book. The field of NMTis rapidly growing and fast becoming a recognized and valuable part of neurorehabilitation programmes. This is the most comprehensive text on NMT to date. The editors have assembled a world class selection of chapter authors who cover all aspects of
the therapy in a thorough and well-written fashion. Certainly the book is to be firmly recommended as important reading to any neurorehabilitation team."

--Michael P. Barnes, MD FRCP, Honorary Professor or Neurological Rehabilitation Clinical Director, Christchurch, UK

"This is a brilliant compilation of research, pragmatic information and professional expertise, illustrating the depth, nuance, and benefits of NMT. Outstanding!"

--Deforia Lane, Director of Art and Music Therapy, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, USA

"This book is a must have for every clinical NMT. It is thorough, practical, and provides the most substantive collaboration of treatment information available in one book. I urge every clinical and educator to keep a copy close at hand. It will definitely not go unused!"

--Suzanne E. Oliver, Fellow, Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, USA

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