The effects of participation in a Group Music Therapy Voice Protocol (G-MTVP) on the speech of individuals with Parkinson's disease

Olivia Swedberg Yinger, Leonard L. Lapointe

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Abstract

Many individuals with Parkinson's disease experience impaired speech as their vocal muscles weaken. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of participation in a Group Music Therapy Voice Protocol (G-MTVP) on the speech of individuals with Parkinson's disease. Individuals with Parkinson's disease (N = 10) who attended bi-weekly rehearsals for a Parkinson's choir participated in the study. Choir rehearsals were led by a board-certified music therapist and involved implementation of G-MTVP, which consisted of 50 minutes of opening and closing conversation, physical, facial, and breathing warm-ups, vocal exercises, and singing, all focusing on increasing phonatory effort to maintain vocal strength. Participants' speech characteristics were measured after 3 weeks and 6 weeks of G-MTVP. Results showed significant increases in intensity of conversational speech, indicating that G-MTVP has potential benefits to improve and maintain vocal functioning of individuals with Parkinson's disease in a motivating, social setting. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalMusic Therapy Perspectives
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Music
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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