Music Therapy: Perspectives, Cultural Aspects and Clinical Outcomes


Lisa A. Lowe (Editor)

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature, Alternative Medicine, Health and Wellness
BISAC: MED004000

Music Therapy is making its way into the field of health sciences with evidence of its effectiveness in different disciplines. Chapter One presents considerations about social and cultural interactions that permeated the music therapy activities developed along an eight-year project hosted by a Brazilian university. Chapter Two covers a research study on the influence of 15-minute sessions of classic music therapy on physiological parameters of hospitalized premature newborns and discusses the use of music as a therapeutic tool for this population in neonatal care units. Chapter Three reviews and contrasts the results of scientific studies of music therapy made on the grounds of improving pain, physical wellness, anxiety, relaxation, mood and quality of life in cancer patients. In Chapter Four, the authors describe recent studies that have investigated the acute influence of musical auditory stimulus on autonomic heart rate control. Chapter Five considers the importance of including Music Therapy in rehabilitation programs for patients with Cerebrovascular accidents, and its potential to restore upper and lower limb movement. This book concludes with Chapter Six, a short communication that suggests an extension of the representational capabilities involved in the idea of the forms of vitality to a wider musical scope than the traditional one, which is mainly based on the parameters of rhythm, melody and harmony. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Community Interactions: Social and Cultural Aspects of Music Therapy Open Encounters
Rosemyriam Cunha (Department of Music Therapy, University of the State of Paraná – Campus II, Curitiba, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Music Therapy in Neonatal Care Units: Physiological Responses in Premature Newborns
Leila Simone Foerster Merey, PhD, Mara Lisiane de Moraes dos Santos, PhD and Daniele de Almeida Soares-Marangoni, PhD (Institute of Health, Physical Therapy Section, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil)

Chapter 3. Music Therapy: The Real Alternative for Anxiety Management in Child and Adolescent with Cancer?
Cabral-Gallo María del Consuelo and Delgadillo-Hernández Alma Olga (Institute for Research on Cancer in Childhood and Adolescence, Department of Human Reproduction and Child Growth, University Center for Health Sciences, University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico)

Chapter 4. Acute Effects of Musical Auditory Stimulation on Heart Rate Dynamics
Joice Anaize Tonon do Amaral, David M. Garner, Luiz Carlos de Abreu and Vitor Engrácia Valenti (Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 5. Music Therapy in the Rehabilitation of a Cerebral Vascular Accident
Patricia Dominguez Rufaco, Juan Rodríguez Mansilla, Manuel Sequera Martin, María Jiménez Palomares, Elisa María Garrido Ardila, Silvia Torres Piles and Jorge Guerrero Martín (Department of Medical-Surgical Therapy, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6. Bringing Timbre and Ecological Listening into Music Therapy Practices
Pietro Polotti, PhD (Department of New Languages, Tartini Conservatory, Trieste, Italy)



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