Frequently Asked Questions
wHat happens in a music therapy session?
Music therapy sessions can look different from one session to the next, based on the client's specific needs at that time. Typically, individual music therapy sessions involve live music making using a variety of instruments (such as guitar, voice, piano, and percussion). Some sessions may involve recording music using a laptop with recording software such as GarageBand.
During group music therapy sessions, the music therapist leads the group in various live music interventions, such as instrumental improvisation, reminiscence through singing, lyric discussion, songwriting, and movement to music.
What happens during the assessment?
During our very first session together, we will have an initial assessment. The initial assessment helps the music therapist to learn all about you as the client - your musical preferences, past musical experience (if any), current challenges, concerns, and goals. Most of this is done through talking, but we often make music in the first session, as well. The assessment process allows the music therapist to formulate a plan going forward, and helps them to determine how best to help you reach your goals.
I'm not a trained musician. can i still benefit from music therapy?
Absolutely. One of the great things about music therapy is that it can benefit such a wide range of people, from premature newborns in the NICU, to minimally-responsive people at the end of life. Music therapy is adapted to meet the needs of the client, whether or not they are able to actively make music. We use music as the tool to help you reach non-musical goals, so the purpose of music therapy is not to have a concert-worthy performance!
how often should we meet for music therapy?
This is something that we will determine during our first session. Most individual and group music therapy sessions happen weekly, but it is also an option to meet every 2 weeks, or once a month. Some music therapy clients continue music therapy for months or years, while others come to work on a specific issue or goal, and therapy lasts only a few weeks or months.
iS THERE RESEARCH TO SUPPORT MUSIC THERAPY?
Yes, there is a substantial body of research to support music therapy. The American Music Therapy Association publishes two research journals: The Journal of Music Therapy, and Music Therapy Perspectives.
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