What is Music Therapy?
Updated: Aug 27, 2018
"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" (AMTA, 2014)
Check out AMTA's website for more information on all things music therapy!
Music is known for its universal reach. It has a power to tap into every part of the brain. This sort of reach and power is the key reason music therapy works so well. Music therapy takes goals and objectives applicable to every part of life and transforms them into a fun experience.
Have you ever heard a song that triggered a memory? Or listened to quiet piano music to relax yourself? Those are the aspects of music that make it therapeutic. The proper use of those techniques is music therapy.
Different interventions are the ways music therapy is used within a session. Interventions include things like instrument play, songwriting, improvisation, and lyric analysis. These are just a few of the ways music is used. Depending on the need, music therapy will change and grow.
Overall, music therapy is a fun and therapeutic experience that thrives on the enjoyment of treatment. It combines a love of music with a structured plan that allows each client freedom in their treatment!