Definitions

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. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005) Music Therapy is a field that uses music as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities.

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, autism, speech impairment, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, general dementia problems substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, Parkinson’s, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor, psychiatric conditions, terminal illnesses, behavioral problems, and eating disorders.

Where do music therapists work?

Music therapists work in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving developmentally disabled persons, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.

'Music is Therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.'