What Is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical, evidence-based use of
music interventions to accomplish individualized goals.

What this means is that music is the tool that we use to help you reach non-musical goals. You don't have to be a trained musician to benefit from music therapy; anyone and everyone can benefit! Music therapy is used with individuals, groups, and families, and sessions typically last anywhere from 30-90 minutes. 


Here are some examples of music interventions that you might engage in during a music therapy session:

  • Increasing self-expression and confidence through improvising on a variety of instruments such as piano, guitar, percussion, and voice
  • Reducing anxiety through guided relaxation using drums, winds, harp, or crystal singing bowls
  • Processing a difficult experience through songwriting, and recording your song using music software such as GarageBand
  • Reminiscing with loved ones through singing familiar songs
  • Moving to music
  • Creating playlists of recorded music to use throughout the day to help process feelings, relax, connect with loved ones, and improve mood

Music Therapy Interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Manage stress
  • Alleviate pain
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve communication
  • Promote physical rehabilitation 
  • Process difficult experiences

To learn more about music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association website.