Music Therapy and Music Medicine for Children and Adolescents


Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America




This article summarizes the research on music therapy and music medicine for children and adolescents with diagnoses commonly treated by psychiatrists. Music therapy and music medicine are defined, effects of music on the brain are described, and music therapy research in psychiatric treatment is discussed. Music therapy research with specific child/adolescent populations is summarized, including disorders usually diagnosed in childhood, substance abuse, mood/anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Clinical implications are listed, including suggestions for health care professionals seeking to use music medicine techniques. Strengths and weaknesses of music therapy treatment are discussed, as well as areas for future research.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Anxiety; Children; Mental Health; Mood; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Music Therapy; Receptive Music Methods; Recorded Music Listening

Indexed Terms

Adolescents; Brain; Children; Mental Disorders; Child and adolescent psychiatry; Mental health; Music medicine

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

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