Americans use drumming during healing ceremonies that use the concept of guided imagery to produce an altered state of consciousness. In the 1940’s, the use of music for therapeutic purposes was first used in a
health care setting for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. This occurs as
a result of a shift in health care implementation from a mechanistic approach to a more holistic approach. The profession emerged in 1950 from rehab done via music with patients at Veteran’s hospital after
WWII (Davis, Gfeller, & Thaut, 1999).
there are over 5,000 Music Therapists employed in facilities such as hospitals, day care facilities, schools, mental health
clinics, substance abuse facilities, homes, hospices, and private practices throughout the U.S.