What is music therapy?
Music therapy is a creative therapeutic approach that uses music and musical experiences to restore, maintain, and/or improve the physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual health of a person. It is the combination of the music itself and the relationship formed between the therapist and the client through the music that work together to bring about positive change.
Why is music an effective therapeutic tool?
- Music is non-threatening.
- Music is non-verbal.
- Music is a motivator.
- Music provides stability and structure.
- Music can be used as a carrier of information.
- Music is fun!
What are some music therapy techniques?
- Singing and instrument playing
- Movement to music
- Song-lyric discussion
- Relaxation with music
Who can participate in music therapy?
Anyone. Individuals can be at any level of physical and cognitive functioning to participate in music therapy. Music therapy is concerned with the PROCESS of music making rather than the PRODUCT and sessions are always designed to meet the individual needs of each person.