What is music therapy and how can it help you?

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

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

  • Do you feel music therapy would benefit the family?

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

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimers/dementia
  • Autism
  • Behavioral disorder
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Developmentally disabled
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Early childhood
  • Eating disorders
  • Elderly persons
  • Emotionally disturbed
  • Forensic
  • Head injured
  • Hearing impaired
  • Learning disabled
  • Medical/surgical
  • Mental health
  • Multiply disabled
  • Neurologically impaired
  • Non-disabled
  • Pediatrics and infants
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Physically disabled
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Rett syndrome
  • School age population
  • Speech impaired
  • Stroke
  • Substance abuse
  • Terminally ill
  • Visually impaired
  • Williams syndrome

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
  • Childrens daycare/preschools
  • Community based services
  • Community mental health centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Day care/treatment centers
  • Drug/alcohol treatment programs
  • Forensic facilities
  • General hospitals
  • Geriatric facilities
  • 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
  • Universities/colleges
  • Wellness programs/centers 

  • 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 silences in it provide immediate feedback.
  • Encourages movement and stimulates muscular response on a neural level.
  • Naturally taps into memories and emotions.

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.  

Music therapy is a non-threatening, motivating treatment option that is effective for groups and individuals with a variety of diagnoses.