What is Music Therapy?
Music therapists are trained. They must complete a degree program approved by the American Association for Music Therapy, complete 1,200 clinical hours, and pass the certification board for music therapists.
Music therapists use music to achieve non-musical goals. These non-musical goals could be sensory, motor, emotional, physical, cognitive, or behavioral. For example, I might use piano exercises with a child to work towards a goal of finger isolation and dexterity.
Music therapy can benefit a wide range of people, including but not limited to: individuals on the Autism spectrum, with Down Syndrome, sensory processing disorders, grief and bereavement, Traumatic Brain Injury, CVA (stroke), and genetic or physical disorders.
An assessment session is used to develop a treatment plan, with specified goals and objectives. The developed music therapy treatment plan can support other therapies the child or individual is receiving.
What do we do?
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music interventions for individuals and groups based on client needs; and follow up progress.
What is the Profession of 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.
Who can benefit from Music Therapy?
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, acute and chronic pain, and more.
What are our credentials?
A professional music therapist holds a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy from one of over 70 American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved college and university programs. The curriculum for the bachelor's degree is designed to impart entry level competencies in three main areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations, and music therapy foundations and principles as specified in the AMTA Professional Competencies. In addition to the academic coursework, the bachelor's degree requires 1200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship. Graduate degrees in Music Therapy focus on advanced clinical practice and research. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified) which is necessary for professional practice.