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Music Therapy Treatment Process

Referral, Assessment, Treatment, Evaluation
Variety of Service Options

Individual, Group, Adapted Lessons, and    Contract Services
FAQs and Resources

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Treatment Process
Types of Sessions
FAQs and Resources

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Music Therapy Defined

Music therapy is an established research-based profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address goals such as social, emotional, communication, physical, sensory, and cognitive needs.

According to the American Music Therapy Association, 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.

Music Therapy vs. Music Education

The main difference between music therapy and music education is the outcome.  In music therapy, the outcome is something non-musical in nature, such as the client learning a functional skill, using music as the therapeutic tool.  However, in music education the outcome is something musical such as learning to play a scale or piece of music.  There are times when music lessons may be appropriate in music therapy.  This blurs the line of music therapy with music education.  It is important to think of the distinction in this way, music therapy=process, music education=product.  

What qualifications do music therapists have?

Education: A bachelor/master’s degree in Music Therapy from an academic program approved by the                    American Music Therapy Association.

Internship: Successful completion of a 900-hour internship under the supervision of a qualified                               music therapist.

Credential: MT-BC stands for Board-Certified Music Therapist which requires successful completion                         of a comprehensive exam and continuing music therapy education credits.

Skills: Proficiency in guitar, piano, and voice.  Knowledgeable in music theory and composition.

Clinical: Knowledge of special populations.  Trained in therapy process of assessment, treatment                        planning, and evaluating.  Fluent in major theories and models of music therapy.
  

Types of Music Therapy Interventions

Who can be a client?

  • Instrument Playing
  • Singing
  • Movement
  • Song Writing
  • Improvisation
  • Listening
Individuals from birth through older adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Neurobiological Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Language and Communication Delays
  • Cancer
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Hospice
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wellness
  • Others