Healing through Music - Music therapy for dementia and neurological rehabilitation


Staff - Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Date: 28 November 2022 / 18:00 - 19:00

Multipurpose Hall of the East Campus in Lugano

Music therapy has produced scientific evidence in dementia, particularly in alleviating psycho-behavioural disorders. Sound and music are special mediators that can activate - even in the case of severe cognitive impairment - archaic communication that allows us to connect with our emotions and build an essential bridge for communication between the inner and outer worlds. In terms of rehabilitation, there is substantial evidence to link sound and movement with important effects on areas of the brain that control movement and, as a result, on neuromotor rehabilitation in common neurological disorders like strokes, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.


  • Alfredo Raglio, music therapist and researcher at the Maugeri IRCCS Clinical and Scientific Institutes, Pavia (I)


  • Daniele Molteni, freelance expert in music therapy


  • Luca Gabutti, USI professor and head of the EOC Department of Internal Medicine

Music programme

Until it blazes for guitar - Eve Beglerian (1958*)
Performed by: Mario Strinati (guitar) and Danilo Gervasoni (live electronics)