Make a Joyful Noise: Integrating Music Into Child Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment


Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America




Music is a significant part of daily life for most youth, affording clinical opportunities to cultivate positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Clinical inquiry into what types of music elicit different emotions, how music fits into daily life routines, how music connects one to others, and how music anchors life events can improve the clinician-patient alliance and patient well-being practices. Music may be useful in home and school settings to help youth manage diverse moods. Practicing an instrument effectively accelerates accomplishment and pleasure, which applies to other life activities.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Children; Emotional Functioning; Engagement Level; Interpersonal Problems; Mental Health; Mood; Music Medicine; Playing and Instrument; Psychological Outcomes; Quality of Life; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Adolescents; Brain; Children; Child Psychiatry; Emotions; Mental Disorders; Child and adolescent; Mental health; Well-being

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

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