"Music therapy is ... The use of music and/or of its components (sound, rhythm, melody and harmony) by a qualified music therapist, in individual or group relationships, in the context of a formally defined process, with the aim of facilitating and promoting communication, relationships, learning, mobilisation, expression, organization and other relevant therapeutic goals intended to meet physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive needs. Music therapy is thought to develop potential and/or rehabilitate functions on the intra- and interpersonal levels and therefore improve quality of life."
(World Federation of Music Therapy, 1996)
Alfredo Raglio is a music therapist, a teacher, a supervisor, and a researcher in the field of music therapy. Not only has he received an academic musical education, but he has also received a post-graduate Diploma in Music Therapy by Bristol University (Bologna-based, Music Space Italy), the Bachelor (BA) of Arts in Piano and Music Therapy, the Master (MA) of Arts in Music Therapy (equivalency) by California University FCE. A.R. has then obtained the PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ferrara (Department of Biomedical and Specialistic Surgical Sciences, Section of Neurological Clinic). He is Member of Italian Professional Music Therapy Association and of the Editorial Board of "Non Pharmacological Therapies in Dementia" (Nova Publishers, New York) and "Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia" journals. He is member also of the European group of research INTERDEM (Psycho-Social Intervention in Dementia). A.R. coordinates the Master in Music Therapy at the Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine, University of Pavia (Italy).