What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions by a credentialed professional to improve functional skills for individuals with a variety of needs. Because music is an adaptable, multi-modal and non-threatening medium, unique results can be achieved in non-musical goal areas, such as physical, psychological, cognitive or social skills.
A music therapist engages clients with a variety of music experiences, including singing, listening, movement, playing instruments and creative activities, in a systematic and prescribed manner to achieve functional goals. The creation of a musical, familiar environment and positive, interpersonal interaction allows clients to explore and express themselves within the therapeutic framework. The music therapist accepts referrals, formally assesses a client’s needs, designs appropriate goals and objectives to address functional areas of need, and plans and implements an individualized music therapy treatment program, based on the client’s preferences. Progress is continually documented.
Music therapy can address a variety of goal areas, including:
- Auditory processing
- Fine/gross motor skills
- Impulse control
- Coping skills
- Sensory integration