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Research

We strive to stay current on the latest music therapy research and strategies in order to utilize the most effective techniques for our clients. Research and community education through publication are import to us.

Efficacy of a Music Therapy Program on Improving Communication: A Retrospective Parent Study

November 2015

Most recently MTCCA collaborated with Dr. Jean Novak, Speech and Language Pathology Professor at San Jose State University to investigate the Efficacy of a Music Therapy Program on Improving Communication: A Retrospective Parent Study. Research results were presented at the Autism Tree Project Foundation Neuroscience Conference La Jolla, CA. Download study. 

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Feasibility of Conducting a Music Therapy Study With Hospice Patients with Dementia & Agitation

November 2011

This study’s purpose was to explore non-pharmacological means for decreasing agitation in hospice patients with late stage dementia administered by caregivers. Subjects in the study were patients on service with San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, diagnosed with late stage dementia, as determined by a FAST (Functional Assessment Staging) score of 7, and who were known to become agitated while performing certain tasks (e.g., bathing or eating). 

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‘Testing the Power of Music Making’
– Provider Magazine, November 2004

A study demonstrates the efficacy of recreational music-making as a means of inspiring creativity and helping long term care residents bond. -MTCCA’s Angela Neve, Contributor.

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The Music Therapy Research Blog Bringing current research to music therapy clinicians by Blythe LaGasse, Ph.D, MT-BC

I started this blog as a forum for music therapists interested in maintaining an evidence-based practice. As a professor at a major university, a new researcher, and a clinician, I am teaching about maintaining EBP, reading the evidence, and practicing music therapy based on the evidence. 

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‘A Survey of Music Therapy Business Owners’
– Research Paper

This study focused on describing current state-of-the-art music therapy business practice. -MTCCA’s Julie Guy, Author

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‘A Song for Healing – by Laura Daily’
– Career World, November 2007

This article interviewed The Music Therapy Center’s Vice-President, Julie Guy, M.M, MT-BC, NMT, on her career as a music therapist.

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‘Enhancing Health, Balance and Emotions through Music – By Michelle Wahl’ – Bellissima, November 2007

This article from ‘Bellissima – San Diego’s Resource for Healthy Living’ discusses the how music therapy is used with children and adults at The Music Therapy Center of California. Music therapist Julie Guy, M.M, MT-BC, NMT, Vice-President of The Music Therapy Center talked about how music therapy can develop social skills, academics, and increase communication.

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autism

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cerebral palsy

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deaf/blindness

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down syndrome

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fragile x

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learning disabilities

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older adults

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parkinson’s disease

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rett syndrome

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