Music Therapy for Speech Rehabilitation

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) works with patients through CenterLight Health System to help them communicate with others through its renowned music therapy program. After participating in our specialized speech rehabilitation program, many people are surprised to learn that they can sing familiar songs after a stroke, even if they are unable to produce fluid speech. Individuals with speech difficulties can work with a music therapist to help them regain their ability to communicate by singing words and phrases, as opposed to simply speaking them. Rhythmic activities, like drumming to a beat, can also aid in speech production. The use of music encourages individuals to participate in their therapy session through enjoyable and creative music activities that accelerate the rehabilitation process. People who have not been able to talk for five years or more may be able to learn to sing, communicate and talk to others through successful music therapy.

Music therapists use musical vocalization to help retrain an individual to speak. Music can facilitate speech because it uses areas of the brain that are involved in communication. Rhythm can aid in vocal production by organizing the mechanisms involved in speech. The use of music encourages motivation through enjoyable and creative experiences that accelerate the rehabilitation process.

What to Expect

Breathing exercises


Melodic phrasing

Rhythmic vocalization

Conversational phrases are embedded into melodic phrases to support speech.

Music therapy can provide results including:

Improved communication skills with improved clarity and fluency

Increased confidence in communication attempts

Enhanced expression

For additional information on programs and services offered by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, call 718-519-5840 or email