“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
No previous musical experience is necessary to benefit from music therapy!
Music therapy involves music experiences, both instrumental and vocal, passive and active, designed by the Therapist to facilitate changes which are non-musical or musical in nature. Music Therapy intervention is based on individual assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing program evaluation. The Music Therapist functions as part of the interdisciplinary team to enable each individual to achieve defined goals and objectives.
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) uses music to help individuals reach non-musical, functional goals. NMT is not a music lesson, but rather use music as a therapeutic tool to focus on non-musical goals that will help an individual to function in life outside of the music therapy setting.
Music is used to facilitate change and growth in the areas of:
- Motor skills, coordination, and movement
- Speech/receptive and expressive communication
- Social/emotional skills
- Self-image and self-expression
- Sensory integration
…Through the use of interventions such as:
- Instrument Play
- Singing or Chanting
- Song Writing
- Music and Movement
- Musical Interactions