Neurologic Music Therapy

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Speech And Language Training With Music

Techniques of music therapy can be used to stimulate brain functions in the domain of speech and language. Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) is applied to improve speaking in people with aphasia (typ broca's aphasia or non-fluent). In the technique MUSTIM song-like material is taken to activate and train both speech production and perception. This is also applied in a music therapy group for aphasia.

Rhythmic Speech Cuing (RSC)

Rhythmic speech cuing (RSC) was found to be effective for people with stuttering. There are experimental hints that it could also be beneficial for forms of dysarthria (slurred speech, e.g. at parkinson's disease) or speech apraxia. This training technique is based on  basic rhythmic skills, that don't require extra training or musical talent. A metronome is used to provide the tempo for the exercise. Then speaking is training by sticking to the meter. RSC can be helpful to improve the fluency of speech or intelligibility.

Musical Voice Training

In order to improve the voice function musical functional exercises like in voice training for actors or singers can be applied. Additionally wind instruments can be used to stimulate lip movements and breathing.

RSC Audio Samples of Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy