What is music therapy?
“Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” – American Music Therapy Association, 2005
What do Music Therapists do?
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses.
They design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music, imagery, music performance and learning through music. They also participate in cross-treatment planning, ongoing evaluation and follow up.
Music Therapy benefits
for those receiving speech or occupational therapy:
- Increased attention
- Improved behavior
- Decreased self-stimulation
- Enhanced auditory processing
- Improved cognitive functioning
- Decreased agitation
- Increased socialization
- Improved verbal skills
- Successful and safe self-expression
- Enhanced sensory-motor skills