What is Music Therapy?

The American Association of Music Therapy defines music therapy as “an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.”

Taken from American Association of Music Therapy website www.musictherapy.org

By using targeted music interventions a variety of goals may be addressed such as:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Balance and/or gait
  • Breath support
  • Oral motor skills
  • Communication/ receptive language skills
  • Pain management
  • Executive functioning/ cognitive skills
  • Social skills
  • Self expression/ self awareness
  • Overall health and wellness
  • Manage stress
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory

In order to practice as a music therapist you must complete a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from an accredited university that includes a clinical internship. Upon completion of the degree each music therapist must pass a board exam and carry the MT-BC credential.

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