Music surrounds us and impacts our daily lives in ways too numerous to count. Perhaps without even thinking about it, many of us use music to influence our mood, energy level, motivation, and connection with the world.
As stated on the American Music Therapy Association website:
"Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses."
To put it simply, music therapy can be used to work with pre-natal to hospice and end of life care and anyone in between. The music is used as a tool to reach non-musical, therapeutic goals. This is not a performance - the focus is not about the product so much as it is the process of being in and engaging with the music.
Music therapy is conducted by a board-certified music therapist from an accredited training program. A key component of music therapy is the relationship that exists between the client, therapist, and the music itself. It is on this foundation that the therapist adapts and applies musical interventions to meet the emerging goals of the client.
Some examples of music therapy goals are to:
Promote physical rehabilitation
Deepen one's relationship with their selves and the world around them
For more information about music therapy services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.