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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Music therapy, Mental health, Community music


Music Therapy has been a contribution to the aid of mental health professionals who believe that alternative types of therapy, usually in hand with other traditional forms or medications, can be a benefit to those who suffer with mental disorders like depression. It has been an accepted fact for several decades that music therapy is in fact a useful practice. However, over the last two decades, a sub-section of music therapy, known as Community music therapy, has been introduced to mental health professionals and has been subject to data collection and evaluation. I decided to look into Community music therapy to determine whether it was a truly effective method of treatment for depression. I decided to focus on several different groups of people, varying from mothers suffering from post-natal depression to migrant workers and even people who suffer with aphasia. I believe that focusing on the data results of these contrasting groups will aid in determining the validity of the therapy type.

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