Sierra Music Therapy Clinic

Neurologic Music Therapy

Sierra Music Therapy Clinic

Sierra Music Therapy Clinic (a program of Note-Able Music Therapy Services) provides neurologic music therapy (NMT). NMT is a specialization within the field of music therapy and is focused on using the neuroscience of perception and production of music to help people with movement, speech and language, and cognition. NMT is based on decades of research showing that music is hard-wired in the brain as a means of communication and connection. 

Neurologic Music Therapy is for people with:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia
  • Autism

Neurologic Music Therapy

Clinic location: 85 Washington Street Reno, NV

Hours: By appointment only

Phone: 775-324-5521

Neurologic music therapy can:

  • Improve gait (velocity, stride, length, and cadence)
  • Decrease risk of falls
  • Restore language and vocal fluency
  • Improve speech intelligibility and breath support
  • Increase attention and focus
  • Retrain visual neglect
  • Increase memory recall

NMT Research

NMT techniques are based on research of how music is perceived in the brain; and thus, how it can be used to impact nonmusical brain function. Neurologic music therapists are trained to use music to regain brain functions that have been lost or impacted by neurologic disease.

Neurologic Music Therapy to Facilitate Recovery from Neurologic Diseases – Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience

From Singing to Speaking: Facilitating Recovery from Nonfluent Aphasia

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation in Rehabilitation of Movement Disorders: A Review of Current Research

Neurologic Music Therapy in Cognitive Rehabilitation

Neurologic Music Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation

What is neurologic music therapy?

Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is an advanced certification for board-certified music therapists and includes treatment techniques that address:

  • Sensorimotor Rehabilitation
    • Including gait training
  • Speech and Language Rehabilitation
    • Including aphasia and apraxia
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
    • Including attention, memory, initiation, executive function, and neglect

Request an inservice

We’re happy to provide an inservice for your team, covering:

  • What is neurologic music therapy (NMT)
  • Outcomes of NMT for people with neurologic disorders
  • How we are structured and payment options

Call Manal Toppozada to arrange an inservice for your clinicians or team. 775-324-5521 or email

American Parkinson’s Disease Association

American Parkinson’s Disease Association Resource Page

“Music therapy has proven to be particularly effective for people with Parkinson’s disease. Research in both music therapy and in neuroscience has shown that music can affect function in profound ways. In fact, some neuroscience studies have shown that certain types of music stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin — two neurotransmitters (chemicals produced by brain cells) that are diminished in PD patients.”

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association Resource Page

“Many Alzheimer’s patients can remember and sing songs even in advanced stages, long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces. Dementia care homes often use music as recreation, since it brings patients pleasure. But beyond the entertainment value, there’s growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some cognitive functioning.”

Music Therapy Enhancing Cognition – pdf 

NMTS Blog Posts on Neurological Issues

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