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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

Certified music therapists use various active and receptive interventions and techniques tailored to the needs and preferences of the individuals with whom they work. These techniques include, but are not limited to the following:

Singing

Songwriting

Free and Guided Improvisation

Musically Supported Talk Therapy

Musical Role Playing

Music for Relaxation

Composing

Music and Movement

Lyric Analysis

Activity-Based Music Intervention 

Music Listening

Imagery and Music

Rhythm Based Activities

 

COMMON GOAL AREAS ADDRESSED IN MUSIC THERAPY

Gross Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Appropriate Social Behaviours and Interactions

Emotional Regulation

Academic Concepts

Self-Awareness

Impulse Control

Speech Production

Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Mood Enhancement

Cognitive Development

Problem Solving Skills

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/

American Association of Music Therapy

https://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy/

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