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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter is an overview of music therapy, a healthcare profession in which music is used as a therapeutic medium to address developmental, adaptive, and rehabilitative goals in the areas of speech and language, cognition, sensorimotor, and psychosocial behavior of individuals with a variety of neurological, psychological, physical, and medical diagnoses. A music therapist must receive a referral, upon which they are responsible for completing an assessment, developing a treatment plan, documenting the progress of a client throughout treatment, evaluating progress, and developing a termination plan for their client. Over 6000 United States board-certified music therapists are employed throughout the world, serving a wide range of populations, including geriatrics, developmentally disabled adults and children, mental health populations, physically disabled, school-aged children, early childhood, substance abuse, sensory impaired, neurologically impaired, and terminally ill.

Keywords: music therapy, overview, application, education, children, geriatric, psychiatric, rehabilitation, clinical practice

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