What is music therapy and how can it help you?

Music therapy is an established, accredited health profession whereby the systematic application of music is utilized in the treatment of cognitive, social, communicative, behavioral, psychological, sensory-motor, and physical needs of an individual. Music therapy is a non-threatening, motivating treatment option that is effective for  groups and individuals with a variety of diagnoses.

  • Can your loved one/client be motivated to attempt/complete tasks through use of music?

  • Does you loved one/client initiate interaction with the use of music or musical instruments?

  • Does your loved one/client respond to vocal imitation through music or musical instruments?

  • Does your loved one/client display an increase of motivation to imitate physically through use of music?

  • Does you loved one/client display an increase of focus when stimulated through music?

  • Do you feel music therapy would benefit the family?

What Populations do music therapists work with?

Music therapists work with individuals of all ages who require special services because of behavioral, social, learning, or physical disabilities, or illness. Some of the populations identified by music therapists are as follows:

Behavioral disorder
Chronic pain
Developmentally disabled
Dual diagnosis
Early Childhood
Eating Disorders
Emotionally disturbed
Head injured
Hearing impaired
Learning disabled

Mental health
Multiply disabled
Neurologically impaired
Pediatrics and infants
Parkinson’s disease
Physically disabled
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rett syndrome
School age population
Speech impaired
Substance abuse
Terminally ill
Visually impaired

Where do music therapists work?

Opportunities for employment are available not only in traditional clinical settings, but in new and expanding areas of health care delivery.

Adult day care
Adult education
Assisted living facilities
Child/adolescent treatment centers
Children’s day care/preschools
Community based services
Community mental health centers
Correctional facilities
Day care/treatment centers
Drug/alcohol programs
Forensic facilities
General hospitals
Geriatric psychiatric units
Group homes
Home health agencies

Hospices/bereavement services
Inpatient medical units
Inpatient psychiatric units
Music retailers
Nursing homes
Oncology treatment centers
Outpatient clinics
Physical rehabilitation programs
Schools (K-12)
Self employed/private practice
State institutions
Support groups
Wellness centers/centers

What are the benefits of music therapy? DSC_0723

  • Aids in encouraging and motivating individuals to perform new tasks

  • Stimulates and utilizes many parts of the brain.

  • Enables children without language to communicate, participate, and express

  • Enables transference of skills

  • Increases ability to interact socially

  • Enhances relationship between child and family

  • Allows for a meaningful, enjoyable context for repetition

  • Acts as an effective memory aid.

  • Music and the silence in it provide immediate feedback.

  • Encourages movement and stimulates muscular response on a neural level.

  • Naturally taps into memories and emotions

What do music therapists do?

By working as a member of a treatment team, a Music Therapist aids in the development and implementation of a cohesive treatment plan, as well as providing patient assessment and treatment.