Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

Music therapy is a creative and holistic approach to healing, as well as the development of constructive and positive coping strategies. Music therapy can be used to improve a person’s mood and overall well-being. By offering a non-verbal and creative outlet, music therapy enables individuals to express their emotions and thoughts in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Music therapy interventions will depend on the person’s needs and what level they are able to function at. Passive Interventions include listening to music, with music chosen by the therapist, based on the client’s preferences and needs. The therapist might ask the client to reflect upon the music. More active interventions include making music, such as singing or playing an instrument. Studies show that learning how to play drums with others can be particularly therapeutic for various conditions. Writing music requires more ability and capacity of the client, and at the same time, helps develop skills such as creativity and flexibility.

What is Music Therapy Used For?

Music therapy can help in the following areas:

  • Physical – reduce pain and distress
  • Emotional Skills – help people with expressing feelings, and deal with the stress and difficult emotions
  • Social – help people express themselves
  • Cognitive – help with memory
  • Brain Conditions and Mental Health Conditions
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairments

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Interested to see if music therapy could be right for you? Contact us for more information or to book a free consultation with our Certified Music Therapist (MTA), Kayla Rivera.

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