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Media Resource Center: MUSIC MAJORS

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. (American Music Therapy Organization,

PTSD: Guitars for Vets

Explore this study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs called "Guitars for Vets."

A related article may be found here.

And from Frontiers in Psychology ... and article addressing Music and Trauma

Humans of Merion

HUMANS OF MERION What's your story? Everybody has one; a unique experience or circumstance that has helped shape the person you are. Your perspective on life is shaped by the experiences and the people you have met. This is your story. 

The HUMANS OF MERION Project is based on the HUMANS OF NEW YORK Project started by Brandon Stanton. Mr. Stanton started out with a goal of photographing 10,000 individuals he would meet on the streets of New York, but those meetings gathered greater meaning as he began to actually speak to those individuals and hear their stories.

The goal of the HUMANS OF MERION Project is to highlight the amazing and unique stories of as many members of our community as are willing, to celebrate the blend of differences that make us special and make us one in Mercy. 

If you would like to participate in the HUMANS OF MERION Project, or know someone who has a story to share, please stop in the Media Center or email


Read this interesting article about music therapy in practice.

'When patients have 'music emergencies,' E. Landau,, August 2013

OR   'Music Therapy for Health and Wellness,', June 2013


Click the image below to access the ProQuest database. Start by entering "obscure musical instruments" into the search field!

The video below shows the ancient Chinese instrument, the Pipa, being played.



After logging in to ProQuest, search "Publications" for recent articles about your topic.

Do an "Advanced" search in the JSTOR database using keyword combinations like: "music" and "therapy" and "mental illness". 

Access to these databases requires a Merion Mercy Academy username and password.