An Introduction to Music Therapy in Rehabilitation

Description: In this introduction to music therapy lecture, participants will learn about the current practice of music therapy within the field of rehabilitation medicine. Information will include the neurologic music therapy approach, how music is processed in the brain, and specific intervention examples related to music therapy for speech, cognition, and sensorimotor rehabilitation. Participants will examine the use of specific elements of music (rhythm, timbre, tempo, pitch, etc.) and how these are manipulated within music therapy intervention.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the education and training and standards of clinical practice of a board-certified music therapist.
  • Identify how and where music is processed in the brain.
  • Identify the music therapist treatment process within neurologic music therapy.
  • Outline music therapy treatment for speech, cognition, and sensorimotor needs in rehabilitation.
  • Describe examples of music therapy interventions based on patient symptoms, dx, and needs assessment.

Instructor:  Jeffrey Wolfe, MM, MT-BC

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy 

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the California and New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been retroactively approved for 1.5 Contact Hours on 2/8/2024. 

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02541. This distance learning – independent and interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area).


Jeffrey Wolfe, MM, MT-BC
Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; employed by the Institute for Therapy through the Arts
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • Web browser: Latest stable version of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Do NOTuse Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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