Why Music?
‘The brain that engages in music is changed by engaging in music.’

Michael Thaut, Professor of Music and Professor of Neuroscience at Colorado State University.

Music activates a widespread and bi-lateral network of brain regions involved in movement, language, memory, attention and emotional regulation. Music and rhythm promote neuroplasticity and can help to create new connections (called neuropathways) to improve brain function. This is particularly important for the learning and re-learning of skills that may be impaired or undeveloped as a result of a neurological condition.


Potential benefits of Music Therapy may include:

  • Developing positive relationships
  • Supporting client and caregiver relationships
  • Increasing self-expression
  • Exploring emotional responses to disability using a non-verbal modality
  • Developing increased self-awareness and a positive sense of self
  • Developing communication skills through verbal and/or non-verbal means
  • Increasing motivation and engagement
  • Drawing on and developing the person’s strengths, skills, and abilities to achieve goals
  • Increasing confidence
  • Developing and enhancing emotional literacy
  • Improving concentration and attention
  • Improving motor function: Gross and fine motor
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Improving mood
  • Group work can
    • foster cohesion and social connection
    • bring about a sense of community
    • provide emotional and psychological support

Neurolinks provides professional music therapy services for people who are living with a neurological condition or who are neurodivergent, their caregivers and families.


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