What is Music Therapy?
According to the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (June 2020) “Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.”
What does Music Therapy look like?
Music therapy can be practiced in both group and individual sessions. A music therapist completes an assessment, determines goals with the client, and then facilitates progress towards these goals using musical interventions. Techniques include improvisation, songwriting, receptive based experiences, singing, playing instruments, and much more.
Who benefits from Music Therapy?
Everyone, no matter age or diagnosis, can benefit from music therapy. No musical experience is required to participate. The role of the music therapist is to tailor the music therapy program to each client’s needs and abilities.
When does Music Therapy occur?
As with any sort of therapeutic practice, having session on a consistent basis is important. Music therapists often see participants on a weekly or bi-weekly basis based on the client’s needs and schedule. They are also able to facilitate one-off sessions and drop-in programs as needed.
Where does Music Therapy occur?
Music therapy sessions happen in a variety of different places – hospitals, schools, long term care facilities, community spaces, private homes, music studios etc. With the COVID19 pandemic, many music therapists have transitioned to offer services virtually.
Why participate in Music Therapy?
Music therapy offers a creative outlet for expression. It can be participatory, where the individual actively makes music, or receptive, where the music therapist can make music for the client. Music can be used for relaxation and mindfulness or to share thoughts and feelings. The role of the music therapist is to work collaboratively with the client to create a meaningful musical experience.