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. Watch this excellent overview of music therapy.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:Ed-and-JoAnne

  • Alleviate Pain
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation
  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Express Feelings

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings. (Source AMTA, 2013)

What do music therapists do?  

 playing guitarAssess:

  • neurologic function
  • sensory processing
  • emotional well-being
  • physical health
  • social functioning,
  • communication abilities
  • cognitive skills
Design music interventions using:
  • sensory integration
  • improvisation
  • receptive music listening
  • song writing
  • lyric discussion
  • music and imagery
  • music performance

Who can benefit from music therapy?top of the crescendo

  • children
  • adolescents,
  • adults
  • elderly
  • mental health 
  • developmental and learning disabilities
  • autism spectrum
  • dementia
  • substance abuse
  • brain injuries
  • physical disabilities
  • acute and chronic pain
  • childbirth


Who is qualified to practice music therapy?