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The Value of Therapeutic Music in Rehabilitation Sessions

SingFit STUDIO Pro is a therapeutic singing intervention that uses music as medicine to impact cognitive-communication, mood, and quality of life to improve functional outcomes in speech therapy. Our ground-breaking machine learning technology provides person-centered care through individualized therapeutic music sessions based on the user’s health condition, preferences, and targeted therapeutic goals. Based on the latest neuroscience and music therapy research, songs are analyzed using hundreds of musical, cognitive, and psychological markers associated with known therapeutic benefits.

Preliminary feasibility testing in over 140 sessions with 7 rehabilitation therapists has shown that SingFit STUDIO Pro addresses 4 major factors that contribute to optimal speech therapy:

1. Therapy Goals

SLPs reported that SingFit facilitates progress towards therapy goals related to speech, language, voice, and cognition. This was evident by:

  • Clients that barely say 100 words a day singing 300 words with SingFit in 15 minutes with improvements in intelligibility, narrative speech, and sentence length.

  • An increase in spontaneous increase in vocal volume for those with Parkinson’s Disease and voice disorders.

  • Increased conversation initiation via sharing stories about high school memories, family traditions, and old friendships. This created opportunities to target word recall, turn taking, and semantic memory.

2. Rapport & Confidence

SLPs found that using SingFit Studio Pro can be a tailored approach to gleaning personal history and improving the rapport and perception of speech therapy for new patients. For example: a speech therapist started using SingFit with her client, Grace, had suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with moderate dementia. She had extreme difficulty communicating and hated speech therapy due to her difficulty with language. Within two to three sessions using SingFit, Grace became more engaged and confident during sessions as she found that she could sing her favorite songs much easier than speaking. Grace even started asking caregivers “When is my speech therapist coming? I want to sing!”

3. Engagement

SingFit also had a positive effect on engagement in the rehabilitation session. Clinicians rated Engagement in the session at the beginning and end of sessions when SingFit was used (5-point Likert Engagement Scale). They found a 22% improvement in engagement during the session with SingFit. Engagement is the first step to working towards therapeutic goals and music can support this engagement in many ways. This is especially important for Clients with cognitive decline who may be confused and discouraged by typical speech exercises as SingFit can help to create a familiar and safe environment.

4. Emotional Health / Mood

Clinicians rated client mood pre/ post session during the feasibility testing pilot. On average, SingFit improved the client’s affect and mood by 29% during the therapy session (5-point Likert Mood Scale). This helped clients enjoy the therapy session and focus on making progress towards their goals. Engaging a client in the beginning of a rehab session with SingFit can support emotional health, build rapport, and set the tone for a positive environment.


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