A Study of Music Therapy in Thailand


  • Nuttika Soontorntanaphol Faculty of Fine Arts, Srinakharinwirot University
  • Prapansak Pum-in Faculty of Fine Arts, Srinakharinwirot University


music therapy, music therapy education, music for medicine


The purpose of this research is to study the use of Music Therapy in Thailand and to study Music therapy’s Curriculum and music activity in Music therapy. The researchers collected Educational literature about the Theory of Music Therapy, Elementary of Music, Music Therapy Activity, Benefits of Music Therapy, Types of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Education in Thailand. There are tools used by researchers to do experimental Music Therapy activities, interview the Music therapist, and analyze research in Music Therapy. The results were as follows:

There are 3 major characteristic in the use of music therapy: Music Therapy for medical and nursing activities, Music therapy activities by volunteers and teaching music therapy. In the case of Music Therapy for medical and nursing, music therapy can effectively relieve symptoms, especially mental illnesses, which had very good results. More knowledge of music therapy will be released to the public in the future.

Music therapy activities are held by volunteers or researchers. Currently, there are many volunteer music therapy groups that organize activities in hospitals or medical facilities. These volunteers should be encouraged to organize music therapy activities. They should be given the right therapy knowledge and awareness of the importance of music therapy to achieve maximum benefits of the activity.

The third use of music therapy is the teaching of music therapy in Thailand. Teaching courses in music therapy is still at an early stage, such as specific learning disabilities for children. The course of producing an undergraduate music therapy program is still in its early stages. The field of music therapy offered at an undergraduate level should be pushed to happen. This course requires the cooperation of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Arts. It is very important to integrate knowledge together. In addition, students should experience clinical practice and demonstrate the use of music therapy. They should learn and process applied research to achieve the knowledge, understanding and expertise required in music therapy.




How to Cite

Soontorntanaphol, N., & Pum-in, P. (2015). A Study of Music Therapy in Thailand. Fine Arts Journal: Srinakharinwirot University, 18(2), 135–141. Retrieved from https://so01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jfofa/article/view/92958