Music therapy is the clinical use of music to facilitate physical, social, cognitive, neurological, emotional, or spiritual goals. Music therapy goals are individualized, adapted, and determined based on the specific needs of each client. Following an initial evaluation, the music therapist will create a treatment plan with recommended interventions, objectives, and session frequencies.
"(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity." Barbara Crowe
"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
A board certified music therapist is a clinician who has a minimum of a Bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent in music therapy and a current, professional credential (MT-BC).
Music therapists receive over 1200 hours in clinical training including four clinical placements and a six month long internship to meet requirements set forth by the American Music Therapy Association. Board certification exams are facilitated by the Certifiation Board for Music Therapists.
Speech production, social skills, academic skills, comprehension, sensory experiences, on task behavior, motor skills, verbal or nonverbal communication, cognition, self or environmental awareness.
Gait training, speech and language skills, executive functioning, perceptual-motor functioning, divided or sustained attention, independence, fine and gross motor skills, memory.
Quality of life, pain management, symptom management, music-based legacy projects, coping skills, bereavement, supportive presence, caregiver support, bonding with loved ones.
Coping skills, relaxation, symptom management, quality of life, self expression, sleep quality, stress management, emotional release and support.
Mood regulation, appropriate behaviors, self image, sense of self, relaxation, coping skills, creativity, motivation, social functioning, emotional expression, independence.
Memory, meaningful social interaction, motor skills, recreation, autonomy, alertness, mood elevation, validation techniques, activities of daily living (ADLs), cognition.
Music therapy is a covered service under the Community Living Assistance and Support Services program. Our music therapists are available to make home visits to individuals who qualify for these services.
Youth Empowerment Services covers music therapy treatment for children ages 4-18. Our music therapists provide services in our facility for individuals in the YES program.
Music therapy can also be obtained through individual payments. Contact us directly to request a music therapy evaluation today.