MUSIC THERAPY

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is an established health care profession that uses music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • promote wellness

  • manage stress

  • alleviate pain

  • express feelings

  • enhance memory

  • improve communication

  • promote physical rehabilitation

Research in music therapy supports its

effectiveness in a wide variety of health care

and educational settings.

 

WHAT DO MUSIC THERAPISTS DO?

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?

Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.

MY CHILD HAS A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, CAN MUSIC THERAPY HELP?

 

Music therapists work together with parents, teachers and other allied professionals to improve the health, education, and behavior of children with developmental disabilities. Music therapy interventions are designed to help children reach their full potential by addressing each individual child’s area of need. Children most often respond positively to music therapy because it is a fun and enjoyable activity. A music therapist can be a valuable member of your child’s health and education team.

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