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 (American Music Therapy Association definition). Music therapy uses music and music-related strategies, presented by a qualified music therapist, to assist or motivate a person towards specific non-musical goals. The music therapist uses her training as a musician and clinician to bring about changes in multiple skill areas. Common music therapy goals focus on…
Cognitive and academic skills
Fine and gross motor skills
Receptive and expressive communication skills
Stress and anxiety reduction
Coping with end of life
Music therapy sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. They can be either group or individual sessions.