Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system.  It is based on a neuroscience model of music perception and production and the influence of music on functional changes in non-musical brain and behaviour functions. 


“The brain that engages in music is changed by engaging in music” (M. Thaut)


Catherine Watkins, Director of Attune Music Therapy, is a trained Neurologic Music Therapist.  Training in Neurologic Music Therapy is delivered and certified by the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, as part of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University.  There are approximately 20 NMTs practising in the UK and 2000+ Internationally.


The 20 techniques of Neurologic Music Therapy are listed below.  The most well-known of these are:

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation – where rhythms and tempo in music are used to entrain and cue movements after stroke, ABI and in Parkinson's Disease.

Melodic Intonation Therapy – where singing is used to facilitate speech production in aphasia.



Speech and Language

Musical Sensory Orientation Training

Musical Neglect Training

Auditory Perception Training

Musical Attention Control Training

Musical Mnemonics Training

Echoic Memory Training

Associative Mood and Memory Training

Musical Executive Function Training


Melodic Intonation Therapy

Musical Speech Stimulation

Vocal Intonation Therapy

Rhythmic Speech Cuing

Oral Motor Respiratory Exercises

Therapeutic Singing

Developmental Speech and Language Training through Music

Symbolic Communication Training through Music


Sensorimotor Training


Patterned Sensory Enhancement

Therapeutic Instrumental Performance

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation


Music Psychotherapy and Counselling 



A register of all NMT-trained professionals is maintained by the Center for Biomedical Research at Colorado State Universty.  Access the NMT register.

Please contact us for more information about Neurologic Music Therapy.