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WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MT-BC) 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.


The Canadian Association of Music Therapy

 

WHO BENEFITS FROM MUSIC THERAPY

Music therapy can benefit anyone. Music therapy has been proven to be especially effective with the following:

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disorders
Global Delays
Down Syndrome
Learning Disabilities
Speech Disorders
Mental Health
Dementia
Alzheimers
Parkinsons
Behavioural Disorders
Cerebral Palsy
Physical Disabilities

 
 

WHAT HAPPENS IN A MUSIC THERAPY SESSION

Adapted from the Canadian Association of Music Therapy Website

Music therapists use various active and receptive intervention techniques according to the needs and preferences of the individuals with whom they work. These techniques include, but are not limited to the following:

Singing

Songwriting

Playing Instruments

Improvising

Composing

Music Listening

Rhythm Based Activities

 

GOAL AREAS ADDRESSED IN MUSIC THERAPY

Gross Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Appropriate Social Behaviours

Emotional Regulation

Academic Concepts

Self-Awareness

Impulse Control

Speech

Reminiscence

Reality Orientation

Self-Expression

Self-Confidence

Pain Management

 

LINKS AND RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Music Therapy

www.musictherapy.ca/about-camt-music-therapy/about-music-therapy/ 


Music Therapy Association of Alberta

www.mtaa.ca 

Music Therapy - Autism Canada

autismcanada.org/living-with-autism/treatments/related/music-therapy/

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