Music Therapy for Depression: It Seems to Work, but How?

Anna Maratos
Mike J. Crawford
Simon Procter


Evidence is beginning to emerge that music therapy can improve the mental health of people with depression. We examine possible mechanisms of action of this complex intervention and suggest that music therapy partly is effective because active music-making within the therapeutic frame offers the patient opportunities for new aesthetic, physical and relational experiences. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)