Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) treat patients?

The IMNF provides inpatient music therapy services to individuals through CenterLight Health System. Individuals who are treated at the nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, CenterLight Healthcare, and Adult Day Health Care Programs of CenterLight Health System have access to the state-of-the-art music therapy treatment programs used by the IMNF.

In addition, through its recently launched IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice, the IMNF is now able to provide music therapy programs to the New York City community.

How can I get music therapy services for myself or my loved one?

If you would like to schedule a music therapy evaluation for yourself or a loved one, you can contact the IMNF at 718-519-5840 or email imnf@centerlight.org to schedule an appointment.

Why is music therapy effective?

Music therapy is effective because music has been discovered to affect certain areas of the brain. Different music therapy programs can encourage different aspects of brain development or change. There is evidence-based research supporting the use of music therapy in a variety of treatment situations.

If you are interested in learning more about the use of music for treating specific illnesses or disorders, please visit the section of our website dedicated to that area of treatment.

The American Music Therapy Association also has some valuable answers to frequently asked general questions about music therapy. If you have general questions about music therapy, please visit their website.

How quickly does music therapy produce results?

Results from music therapy will depend on the disorder being treated. In some situations, music therapy can produce results in as little as one session. Like most forms of therapy, a music therapy program is most effective with regular sessions.

What kind of music is used in music therapy?

This again depends on the type of therapy required. For example, it has been found that patients with Parkinson's disease benefit from music with a specific number of beats per minute. Visit our Music Therapy and Parkinson’s disease page to learn more.

What kind of musical instruments are used in music therapy?

There are a wide variety of instruments used in music therapy, depending on the specific needs and abilities of the patient. Please visit our Inpatient and Outpatient services pages to learn about the tools and musical instruments used for specific conditions.

Does the IMNF train professionals?

Professionals from around the world have visited the IMNF to learn more about music therapy or to train through the IMNF's Training Programs. If you are interested in learning more about training with us, please click here.

Does the IMNF conduct research?

The IMNF receives government, healthcare, and private grants to conduct cutting-edge research in the field of music therapy and music neuroscience. Visit the Research and Education section of our website to learn more.

Can I come to observe?

Individuals are able to learn more about the IMNF and its programs at our quarterly open houses. Please check our calendar of events for dates and times. For individuals interested in more in-depth observations of clinical music therapy, please contact the IMNF at 718-519-5840 or email imnf@centerlight.org to schedule an appointment. There is usually a daily fee for observations.

Can I do an internship with the IMNF?

The IMNF offers a variety of internship opportunities for students in the music therapy, research or business fields. Visit our Internship page to learn more.

How can I learn more about music therapy?

To learn more about how music therapy helps in the treatment of different conditions, visit the inpatient and outpatient services section of our website.

If you would like general information about music therapy, including approved academic programs, you can visit the American Music Therapy Association. If you are interested in the accreditation process for music therapists, you can visit the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

How can I help support the IMNF?

In order to support our mission, the IMNF relies upon the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. There are a variety of ways to support the IMNF. Please visit our Get Involved section to learn more.

I have gained my spirit back; I’ve regained my life. I am working now, and I’ve reestablished myself. It’s all thanks to the music program at Beth Abraham.

Denise, Former Beth Abraham Music Therapy Patient


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