Episode 24: Music Therapy & Neuroplasticity

Dr. Peggy Codding, Professor of Music in Music Therapy at the Berklee College of Music, says our brains allow us to compensate for the needs our brains have. She describes the ability of the brain to retrain neurons through music therapy, helping people with profound functional disabilities to express themselves.

Peggy CoddingPeggy Codding, Ph.D, MT-BC is Professor of Music in Music Therapy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she has served for 17 years. She is also the former Chair of Music Therapy at Ohio University. While in Ohio, she co-founded a successful integrative arts therapy program in the treatment of severely mentally ill male inmates needing residential treatment in state funded, long-term medium-to-maximum security settings. The program, a first of its’ kind, was implemented in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. The program was acknowledged with the Governor’s Premier New Program Award in its’ second year.

Codding is a published author. Publications may be found in Complementary and integrative medicine in pain management, and Alternative and complementary treatment in neurologic illness, Applications of Effectiveness of music therapy procedures: Documentation of research and clinical practice, and in the Journal of music therapy and Music therapy perspectives. Codding has been a member of the International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior, a research collaborative, since the 1992.

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