Frequently Asked Questions…
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the use of prescribed music interventions by a board certified music therapist to address specific non-musical goals and objectives. Music therapists use their training to effect changes in the cognitive, physical, communication, social, and emotional skills.
How does music therapy work?
A music therapist will conduct an assessment to observe a person’s areas of need as well as his strengths and weaknesses. The therapist will then utilize the most appropriate approach, capitalizing on the client’s strengths to address his areas of need and to ensure a gratifying and successful experience.
What type of music is used?
This largely depends of individual preference as well as the goals that are trying to be achieved. Music can be used in an active and/or passive way. Music can be used in an active way by playing instruments, writing songs, or singing. Music can be used in a passive way by just sitting and listening to music, watching a concert, or receiving vibro-tactile input from an instrument while someone else is playing.
Who can benefit from music therapy?
Music therapy can benefit people of all ages and levels of functioning. Some examples of clientele include but are not limited to:
-Children and adults with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Rhett Syndrome, etc.
-Children and adults with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifada
-Traumatic Brain Injury
-Geriatrics with Alzheimer’s/dementia
-Cancer patients, and more
What goal areas can music therapy address?
Music interventions can be adapted to suit each individual’s needs and address areas such as:
-Speech and Language Development
-Gross and fine motor skills
-Sensory integration and regulation