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.