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Music and Health Institute Terms

Emotional Functioning; Music and Healing; Psychological Outcomes; Receptive Music Methods; Recreative Music Methods; Resilience; Stress


Traumas can be individual, interpersonal or communal, and can have various responses from different people, or even from the same person at different points in time. Music can be a social determinant of health with individual, interpersonal and communal roles in resilience regarding that trauma. Music can expand vocabulary to express emotions, provide relief, and provide opportunities for engagement. A trauma-informed care approach can change how trauma survivors experience care critical to their recovery.