Date  Fall 2012
Publication  Berklee Today
Writer  Ryan Fleming and Mark Small
Title  Unusual Pursuits: The Healing Power of Music

For millennia, people across the globe have turned to music to experience its extraordinary ability to lift and inspire. But only in the early decades of the 20th century did the powers of this ancient art form begin to receive scientific scrutiny and formal implementation for medical benefit. Early practitioners of music therapy worked with military personnel who had returned home from World War I bearing the physical and psychological scars of war. A century later, board-certified music therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil ’08 is involved in cutting-edge efforts with music to help U.S. combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan..

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