Good Resources to Learn more about Music Therapy

by Connie Howse
(Livonia, MI)

For those of you looking for some books on the subject of music therapy / teaching music to people with special needs, here are some good ones that I have found:

1. The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit

2. The Sound Of A Miracle: The Inspiring True Story of A Mother's Fight to Free Her Child from Autism by Annabel Stehli

3. Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism by Catherine Mauric

Also, here are a few resources that I have found helpful:

The American Music Therapy Association.

Certification Board for Music Therapists. ( To find a certified music therapist in your area.)

Campbell, Don. The Mozart Effect. New York: Avon Books, 1997.

Also, here's an article that I wrote on how music therapy can help your child with autism: Therapy


Thank you, Connie, for your input and the useful links. I read your article about music therapy and autism, and found especially interesting your comment that music "may be effective because it complements the strong inclination of autistic people to create patterns, since music is inherently structured and patterned."

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