Music-based techniques and related devices in neurorehabilitation: a scoping review

Marco Tramontano, Sara De Angelis, Sara Mastrogiacomo, Alessandro Antonio Princi, Irene Ciancarelli, Antonio Frizziero, Marco Iosa, Stefano Paolucci, Giovanni Morone

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Introduction: The music as a powerful, and versatile stimulus for the brain, is at the date sometimes used in neurorehabilitation and proposed as a promising complementary strategy provided in combination with other therapy in individuals with neurological disorders. Different techniques and devices have been developed in the field of the music-based neurorehabilitation. Areas covered: This scoping review analyzes the current scientific literature concerning the different techniques and devices used in the music-supported neurorehabilitation, also focusing on the devices used in music-based therapies in patients with neurological disorders: 46 studies met the inclusion criteria and were included. Expert opinion: Included studies, highlight the potentiality and the versatility of the music-based therapy in the rehabilitation of neurological disorders. The variety of existing techniques allow to applied the music-based therapy in different situations and conditions. Moreover, the wide range of used devices that ranging from the simple musical instruments to the more advanced technologies, allows to develop customized exercises based on the needs of the patient. This review may be considered as a starting point to better design future RCTs that would investigate the effectiveness of music therapy on neurological disorders.

Original languageEnglish
JournalExpert Review of Medical Devices
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • medical devices
  • Music therapy
  • neurologic music therapy
  • neurological disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering


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