Music therapy is evidence-based

At 50+ years old, music therapy is still a relatively young field when compared to other disciplines like internal medicine and psychiatry. Even so, there is a strong evidence-bases for its use in a multitude of populations.


It’s extremely important that these research studies are documented and communicated to others, including to healthcare payers and providers, and the wider public.


There are more than 1,650 studies showing the effectiveness of music-based therapies. Some studies are more rigorous than others. Therefore, we’ve compiled the most scientifically robust studies. We’ve also published our own studies.

Reading Music Therapy Evidence on Musical Universe

Meta-analyses and systematic reviews establish a scientific census based on analyzes of a multitude of research studies on a particular topic. There have been at least X of these studies.

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard for testing the effectiveness of an intervention. There have been at least X successful RCTs published for music-based therapies.

Based on decades of research and science

We identified 1,650+ studies published in top journals like Lancet, Nature, and Science, that support the use of music therapy. View our list here. 


We conduct our own research studies in collaboration with researchers at leading institutions.

One of our surveys based on 6,275 people showed the following:


of people worldwide are interested in music therapy.


will try music therapy over traditional talk therapies


know of a music therapist in their area

This is an enormous gap between those interested in music therapy and those who have access to it.

We're filling this gap.

We’ve contributed to research articles in top journals including Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences and Nature Communications.

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Autism is neurodiversity

About 50% of music therapy clients are autistic. Over 500 studies show that music therapy helps autistic kids, teens, and adults. It helps improve self-fulfillment, achieve personal goals, process emotions, and navigate an often-confusing social world.

Autistic child using Musical Universe's SNAP assessment, Brain Type Test, and Virtual Therapy

We serve autistic people of all ages. We view autism as an example of neurodiversity and maintain strong links with research institutions and the autistic community.