Music Therapy in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) specializes in helping individuals with traumatic brain injury in improving their overall health and well-being through music therapy. Working with patients through CenterLight Health System and with private patients through The IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice, the IMNF helps patients regain some speech and motor capabilities that have been lost as the result of injury to the brain. The licensed music therapists use music to retrain the brain to learn important life skills. Music therapists can help individuals with traumatic brain injury 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

Create a song with lyrics containing important information

Conducting or performing in a band

Rhythm repetition games

Song writing




Music listening

Music therapy can provide results including:

Improved movement and muscle control

Increased speech and communication

Promoted cognition

Elevated mood and motivation

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

What is Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the result of any type of damage to the brain. Damage may be caused by injury, disease or toxins. This damage may lead to disability Traumatic brain injury affects a variety of different functions depending on the severity of the damage and the location in the brain. Rehabilitation may be necessary to regain function.