What is it and Who is it for?
In my own words, Music Therapy is the use of music activities and its paired cognitive associations and environmental stimuli to bring about change in people’s behavior.
According to the American Music Therapy Association …
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.
What Domains/Areas do Music Therapists Address?
Who do Music Therapist Work With?
- Intellectual disabilities
- Visual impairment
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Mental Health Needs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries and other Neurological Impairments
Music is a very powerful “whole-brain activity”. To successfully participate in music we have to use many other cognitive processes that are not specifically for music but used in our daily lives.
What do I Mean?
- Singing is speech
- Playing instruments requires gross and fine motor movement
- Listening requires hearing
- Rhythm and Meter require the perception of time
- Dancing is Movement
- Planning Organizing Executive function
- Musical Dynamics require emotion
- Playing music requires social interaction and participation