ABOUT 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” (www.musictherapy.org).
Who Do Music Therapists Serve?
- - Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome
- - Mental Health, Depression, Forensic
- - Substance Abuse
- - Elderly, Dementia, Alzheimers
- - Physically Challenged
- - Terminally Ill, Hospice, Bereavement
- - Hospitalization
- - Sensory Impaired
Where Do Music Therapists Work?
- - Group Homes
- - Hospitals
- - Schools
- - Rehabilitation Centers
- - Nursing Homes
- - Private Practice
- - Prisons
- - Mental Health Facilities
What Types of Goals Do Music Therapists Set?
Depending on the clients particular needs, challenging but maintainable goals will be set to restore, maintain, or improve present skills.
- - Improve Communication Skills
- - Improve Motor Movements
- - Increase Relaxation
- - Increase Self-Esteem
- - Increase Socialization
- - Alleviate Stress
- - Manage Pain.
Goals that are implemented may be reached by different means and interventions. The therapist may use a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, percussion/drums, musical games, etc.
Who can provide Music Therapy services?
- Only qualified Music Therapists can provide these services (Music Entertainers are not Music Therapists).
Music Therapists must:
- have at least a 4-year degree at an accredited college.
- complete a 1200 hour Music Therapy internship.
A Music Therapist should:
- be a member in good-standing with the American Music Therapy Association.
- complete the Board Certification exam.