What is Music Therapy?
- Music therapy is an established evidenced-based Health Care Profession.
- Music therapists are credentialed professionals.
- Music therapists use the therapeutic qualities of the musical experience to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs related to speech delays or behavioral issues of individuals of all ages.
Why is it important that I look for a Board-Certified Music Therapist?
Board-Certified Music Therapists are trained professionals who use researched based music therapy interventions to improve the quality of life for persons who are well, or meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Each therapist must pass a national certification test, as well as participate in training and workshops, in order to maintain their certification.
What is Neurologic Music Therapy?
Neurologic Music Therapy treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on non-musical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). (information taken from Colorado State University website: http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/cbrm/institute.htm.
What are some of the goals that are commonly addressed during music therapy?
Goals in all areas of development and functioning can be addressed during music therapy. Goals that include improving behavior, attentiveness, cognitive functioning, or movement. For example: The steady beat and repetitive lyrics helps children with autism feel more organized which improves their ability to respond and process sensory input. Clients with limited verbal skills can interact and communicate using musical cues and rhythms. Music gives clients with physical challenges a reason to keep moving, which increases the quality and quantity of repetitions. Familiar melodies and rhythms also improve mood and attentiveness.
More Useful Links:
- One of the best videos on music therapy for people with special needs (The New Herald, May 2009)
- Music therapy improves the well being of the very ill. (US News & World Report, July 29, 2009)
- Music therapy treats diseases and conditions from Parkinson’s to Autism (Daily News, June 4, 2009)
- The American Music Therapy Association: http://www.musictherapy.org
- This website will give you contact information for a music therapist in your area: www.alltherapist.com