The Marbrook Centre recently partnered with The Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR), delivering neurologic music therapy (NMT) to residents over a 15-month period. A newly published study explores the outcomes of this work and looks at the positive changes that music therapy can have on people living with neurological limitations.

We are delighted to have been part of the study which shows that NMT interventions support and improve functional outcomes, improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression in neurorehabilitation residents such as those at The Marbrook Centre.

Led by an NMT from the CIMTR and supported by MA students on placement, the music therapy sessions drew on the expertise of some of the multidisciplinary team here at The Marbrook Centre including David Whitten (Therapy Lead), Amber Masterson (Senior Speech and Language Therapist) and Ali Abington (Therapy Assistant). Residents attended a weekly music therapy session either individually or as part of a group.

Based on data collected from residents, their relatives and staff members, the findings suggest that a one-day-per-week NMT post in subacute neurorehabilitation is feasible, acceptable, and helpful, supporting patient engagement in rehabilitation exercises, mood, and motivation.


Visit the mdpi website to read the full report – Brain Sciences | Free Full-Text | The Feasibility and Acceptability of Neurologic Music Therapy in Subacute Neurorehabilitation and Effects on Patient Mood | HTML (