Music Therapy

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
  •      Emotional skills
  •      Social skills
  •      Stress and anxiety reduction
  •      Coping with end of life
  •      Elevate mood

Music therapy sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.  They can be either group or individual sessions.