What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence based use of musical interventions within a therapeutic relationship to achieve nonmusical goals administered by a board certified music therapist.
Music Therapy can look like...
Music therapy can look like many different things dependent upon the client, the diagnosis, and the goals.
- a freeze dance with a child that is working on initiation/inhibition skills.
- playing in a large drum circle with patients in rehabilitation facilities to provide opportunities of socialization and safe processing environments.
- a music therapist recording a mother’s lullaby and playing it to a new born in the NICU while accompanying it with calming guitar picking.
- leading group stretching and movement exercises in nursing homes.
- singing favorite songs at the bedside of a hospice patient and processing spirituality, life, and whatever else that person needs that day.
Music therapy always looks like the engagement in musical experience by a board certified music therapist to achieve non musical goals.
Who can benefit from Music Therapy?
Anyone! You do not have to have any prior musical knowledge to enjoy the benefits of music therapy, no matter the age or diagnosis.
What are your credentials?
A professional music therapist holds a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy from one of over 70 American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved college and university programs. A music therapist also must complete 1200 hour internship with clinical practice and pass the board certification test for music therapists. After becoming credentialed, a music therapist must continue education throughout their practicing years.
What makes you different from other people that play music for people in need?
Music therapists are trained professionals with knowledge in psychology, music, and therapeutic techniques. Volunteer musicians are valuable in providing musical experiences, but do not have the training, treatment processes, or therapeutic goals and objectives that a board certified music therapist offers.