Podcast Episode 42: The Benefits of Music Therapy for Parkinson's

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The benefits of music therapy for Parkinson’s disease have been well established over the years. Rhythm and rhythmic cuing can help with initiation, coordination, and maintenance of movement. Benefits can extend to cognitive functions, communications abilities, and mood. As established professionals, some music therapists have furthered their education as academically trained professionals specifically in working with people with Parkinson’s. Music therapist Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in Mount Vernon, New York, discusses who can benefit from music therapy, how it is done, what neuroscience research has found, and where to find information on music therapy. She expands on the multiple ways the therapy can alleviate some of the problems associated with Parkinson’s.

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About This Episode

Released: November 20, 2018

Concetta Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016.  In 2017, she and the IMNF relocated to the campus of Wartburg, a senior residential and healthcare facility, in Mt. Vernon, NY.

Her work and research in music therapy spans 4 decades with particular interest in music and memory as well movement and speech disorders related to stroke and/or Parkinson’s Disease and has been featured in the media, documentaries and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her.

Dr. Tomaino is Past-President of the American Association for Music Therapy, Vice President of IAMM.  She is an Associate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Lehman College, CUNY. 


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