Pieters Family Life Center
Through music experiences, the therapist and client work together to address physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social needs.
What is music therapy?
“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 definition, 2005)
Music therapy is an established health profession where the purposeful use of music and the therapeutic relationship are essential. Through music experiences, the therapist and client work together to address physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social needs. There are a wide range of ways that people can engage in the music therapy process making it a unique therapeutic modality. Music experiences can include vocalization, playing instruments, improvisation, songwriting, lyric/music analysis and guided relaxation. Music therapy follows a formal process which includes a referral, assessment and the development of individualized goals and objectives. Client progress is documented over the course of treatment.
Who can benefit from music therapy?
Music therapy benefits people of all ages, strengths and needs including people with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, brain injuries, physical disabilities, degenerative diseases, neurological disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Multiple Sclerosis), substance abuse, and acute and chronic pain including mothers in labor.
What are some essential music therapy facts?
- No prior music experience is necessary to benefit from music therapy services.
- There is no cookie cutter approach to music therapy treatment. A person’s preferences, circumstances, need for treatment and their goals help to determine the types of music and experiences that are used.
- A substantial body of research exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.
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