Board Certified Music Therapist And A Certified Neurologic Music Therapist

Rafel Sgammato

She also maintains a credential as a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the NCCDP. Rafel graduated from Marywood University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and an MBA with a minor in Healthcare from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has worked throughout the New York and Connecticut area in various settings including skilled nursing facilities, independent living, assisted living and private homes. All about music therapy...

About Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-invasive medium, unique outcomes are possible. In addition to its applications in mental health, music therapy is used successfully in a variety of additional healthcare and educational settings.

About Music Therapy

What do Music Therapists Do?

Music therapists use music strategies, both instrumental and vocal, which are designed to facilitate changes that are non-musical in nature. Music selections and certain active music making activities are modified for client preferences and individualized needs (i.e., song selection and music may vary). Music therapy programs are based on individual assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing program evaluation. Frequently functioning as members of an interdisciplinary team, music therapists implement programs with groups or individuals that display a vast continuum of needs, from reduction of anxiety to deeper self-understanding.

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What Can One Expect From a Music Therapist?

Music therapists work with the interdisciplinary team to assess emotional well being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses. When individualized music experiences are designed by the music therapist to fit functional abilities and needs, responses may be immediate and readily apparent. Clients need not have a music background to benefit from music therapy. Music therapy intervention provides opportunities to:

  • Explore personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self-esteem or personal insight.
  • Make positive changes in mood and emotional states.
  • Have a sense of control over life through successful experiences
  • Enhance awareness of self and environment.
  • Express oneself both verbally and non-verbally.
  • Develop coping and relaxation skills.
  • Support healthy feelings and thoughts.
  • Improve reality testing and problem solving skills.
  • Interact socially with others.
  • Develop independence and decision making skills.
  • Improve concentration and attention span.
  • Adopt positive forms of behavior.
  • Resolve conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships.

Music on The Mind

About Music Therapy Miracle

When we listen music, it’s processed in many different areas of our brain. The extent of the brain’s involvement was scarcely imagined until the early nineties, when functional brain imaging became possible. The major computational centres include:

Corpus Callosum

Connects both sides of the brain.

Motor Cortex

Involved in movement while dancing or playing an instrument.

Prefrontal Cortex

Controls behavior, expression and decision making.

Nucleus Accumbens & Amygdala

Involved with the emotional reactions to music.

Sensory Cortex

Controls tactile feedback while playing an instrument or dancing.

Auditory Cortex

Listening to sounds; perceives and analyses tones.


Involved in music memories, experiences and context.

Visual Cortex

Involved in reading music or looking at your own dance moves.


Involved in movement while dancing or playing an instrument, as well as emotional reactions.