Strategies and Applications for Medical Settings


MusicWorx Toolbox: Strategies and Applications for Medical Settings, Third Edition focuses on approaches to using music therapeutically in a variety of medical settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities. From cover to cover, this Toolbox offers a wealth of field-tested ideas and sample forms to be adapted to any setting. By design, music therapists develop and use music tools to address needs of patients at the bedside. Downloadable files enable music therapists to customize existing forms or develop specialized forms at the click of a mouse.

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SKU CMTE-006 Category

What’s Inside This Toolbox

    • 84 single-sided pages
    • English and Spanish lyrics
    • documentation tool
  • digital form download (included with CMTEs)


  1. Introduction
  2. Music Rx Tip: Handouts for Medical Staff
    What is Music Therapy?
    Reasons for Music Therapy Referrals ( two different formats )
  3. Music Rx Tip: Documentation Examples
    Documentation Examples for Medical Settings
  4. Music Rx Tip: Top Song Lists
    Top 40 Song List
    Top 40 Under-Age-40 Song List
    Top 45 Older-Adult Song List
    Top 60 Classic Rock Song List
    Top 70 Under-Age-30 Song List
    Songs and Fill-in-the-Blank Samples
  5. Music Rx Tip: Relaxation Tools and Strategies
  6. Music Rx Tip: Sample Introductions for Music and Imagery Scripts
    Scripts for Energizing and Relaxation
    Energizing Exercise 1: When You’re Smilin’!
    Energizing Exercise 2: Rhythm Improvisation
    Relaxation Exercise 1: The 60-Second Break
    Relaxation Exercise 2: Humming
    Patient Handouts
    Using Music for Pain Management and Treatment of Side Effects
    Music Listening for Relaxation: Techniques
    Music Listening for Relaxation: Tips
    Positive Affirmations for Wholeness
    Using Your Voice for Relaxation
    Recommended Music for Relaxation
    Music for Healing and Wellness
  7. Music Rx Tip: Record the Session
  8. Appendix A
    Documentation Tool
    Music Therapy Brochures in English and Spanish
    Prescription Pad
    “Sorry I Missed You” Note
  9. Appendix B
    Operational Definitions for Medical Documentation (Adult and Child)
    Quality of Life Model for Music Therapy
    Pain, Anxiety, and Nausea Scales
    English / Spanish Flash Cards

Learning Objectives

References to items on the Board Certification Domains are based on the Practice Analysis Study of 2019. Those registered for MusicWorx Toolbox: Strategies and Applications for Medical Settings, Third Edition will develop or improve their abilities to use music therapeutically in a variety of medical settings, including inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities, and at the bedside. Participants will learn about implementation and structure of initial and ongoing treatment strategies, as well as ongoing documentation and evaluation of therapy techniques.

Strategies and Applications for Medical Settings addresses these specific competencies in the current Board Certification Domains:

Learning Objective 1
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 (b, p, ss) | III. A. 5 (s, t, gg)

Create two relaxation scripts (one for adults, one for children) for music-centered relaxation exercises.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 2
2020 Domains:
II. B. 4 (a-b) | III. A. 2 (k, jj) | III. A. 3

Describe three ways music may be used for pain, anxiety, and / or nausea management.
II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 3
2020 Domains:
II. A. 3 | II. B. | III. A. 2 | V. A. 2

Articulate (verbally or written) the medical reasoning behind using music therapy with patients.
II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation
V. Professional Development and Responsibilities

Learning Objective 4
2020 Domains:
II. B. 3-4

Assess at least one music therapy strategy to offer a patient suffering from extreme nausea.
II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning

Barbara Reuer, Phd, LPMT, MT-BC

Career Highlights
  • Music Therapist–Board Certified
  • Neurologic Music Therapist
  • Founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Founder and CEO of Resounding Joy Inc., San Diego, CA
  • 2008 Recipient of AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Pain Management Award
  • 2008 Recipient of The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative Pain Management Award


Music Interventions Proven by 40 Years’ Clinical Practice

Dr. Reuer is the founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., an international clinical training program for music therapy interns as well as provider of workshops and seminars covering wellness, community-building, and stress management, for healthcare professionals, educators, and corporate clients. Dr. Reuer’s vast experience includes more than 40 years of clinical practice in public schools, older-adult facilities, hospices, medical and psychiatric hospitals, corrections facilities, substance abuse and eating disorders programs, and health spas and course instruction at the community college and university level.

Dr. Reuer has served as President of the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT). She was the year 2000 recipient of the Professional Practice Award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) for significant contribution to the practice of music therapy. And in 2008, Dr. Reuer received a Lifetime Achievement Award from AMTA.

Dr. Reuer has authored and co-authored several books and articles. Print media feature articles and numerous prestigious publications frequently quote her. She has appeared in several televised interview formats at local, national, and international levels, including the Lifetime Network television series New Attitudes.

Dr. Reuer also is the CEO of Resounding Joy, Inc., a California 501(c)(3) corporation that uses therapeutic and recreational music programs to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.  Resounding Joy has provided music therapy and recreational music services to more than 85,000 children and adults in the greater San Diego region since 2004. Resounding Joy board-certified staff music therapists and volunteers deliver services through four major programs that target four distinct underserved populations:

  • Working in the field of hospice, I often find myself advocating for music therapy as well as educating my coworkers and the patients we serve. The handouts presented in this toolbox are a great resource that I can use, and I have been able to further refine my "pitch," so to speak, by contemplating the prompts and reviewing the toolbox.

    Chloe Hill, MT-BC - June 2023
  • I enjoyed this continuing education opportunity through MusicWorx and look forward to more in the future.

    Roslyn Chelliah, MA, MT-BC - February 2020
  • The entire course was very informative.

    Adam Krajnikconde, MT-BC - June 2019
  • Thank you for making these toolboxes available! They are a wonderful asset, especially for music therapists like me that are not currently practicing but want to keep up certification.

    Lindsey S. Miller, MT-BC - May 2019
  • I really thought the information provided was extremely helpful for working in a medical setting. Everything was very applicable.

    Joy Rivera, MT-BC - May 2019
  • Once again, this toolbox has provided me with fantastic ideas for use with my patients. I can't wait to start handing out my music therapy "prescriptions." ... I continue to go back to these toolboxes because they are all so amazing! Keep new ones coming please.

    Lindsey Griffith, MA, MT-BC - April 2019
  • Thanks very much for getting the certificates back to me so quickly! I appreciate it. Now I'm ready to re-certify—what a relief! I'm sure you know how expensive almost all of the other courses are out there—whether home study or not. The affordability of your courses are a huge blessing to people like me! Yours are fun to take. So hopefully you will make a few more before I begin thinking about re-certification again. Thank you so much!

    Roxanne Simmons, MT–BC - June 2011
  • Just a quick note to tell you how much I am enjoying your Medical Settings Toolbox. I just finished adapting three of the handouts for a consult I'm doing tomorrow with a woman in the Alternative Medicine Clinic.

    Kirsten - July 2003