Music therapists — which these students may become — typically work with patients as a traditional therapist would. In clinics and specialized centers, music therapists use tunes to help organize the motor center of the brain that makes walking and talking possible.
...The seniors sing along, play instruments and enjoy the music of their youth, with students trained chiefly in classical music leading the way. And regardless of students’ experience level, this, Clair said, is what music therapy is about.
“The music helps them reach a nonmusical goal,” she said.