Music Therapy and Treatment of Stroke

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) specializes in treating stroke patients. Working with the residents of the CenterLight Health System, the IMNF helps patients regain speech and motor capabilities that have been lost as the result of a stroke. Our licensed music therapists use music to retrain the brain to re-learn important life skills. They can also help stroke patients improve muscle control, speech and cognition.

What to Expect

Drum playing to increase arm movement

Exercising to upbeat music

Timing music to match natural walking rhythm

Exercising mouth muscles

Setting a phrase to music

Rhyming, chanting or rapping

Creating a song with lyrics containing important information

Conducting or performing in a band

Rhythm repetition games

Song writing

Song recording

Lyric improvisation


Music listening

Music therapy can provide results including:

Improved movement and muscle control

Increased speech and communication

Improved cognition

Elevated mood and motivation

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

What is Stroke?

A stroke is caused by the interruption of blood to any part of the brain. The interruption of blood flow causes brain tissue to die. Rapid treatment will save the individual’s life and can even limit the damage caused by the stroke. While the damage done by a stroke may be permanent, therapy can redirect certain functions, allowing behavior to be recovered. Acute treatment includes medication or even medical procedures to restore blood flow to the brain. Long–term treatment is designed to improve bodily functions that have been lost due to the damage caused by the stroke. Treatment after stroke might include physical, occupational or speech therapy. Music therapy also has been found to be very effective for stroke rehabilitation.