The paper focuses on the musical experience of the listening and, more specifically, the music listening in the music therapy setting. Starting from a psychoanalytic perspective on sound-music and from a psychoanalytically informed therapeutic approach, the idea of a “psychoanalytic function” of music is first proposed. This function implies that music allows the listener to establish a relationshipwith himself and his own inner world, to do conscious and unconscious psychological work with the evoked emotional experiences and to generate a personal symbolic meaning. Later, through the presentation
of a receptive music therapy experience carried out during the Covid-19 emergency, the way the psychoanalytic function of music promotes processes of transformation and psychic elaboration of traumatic experiences is illustrated.