What is music therapy?
As defined by the American Music Therapy Association, 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.
Basically it is using music to accomplish non-musical goals!
Music therapy is research-based and is often proven to be very effective in many areas, some reasons being:
- It is fun and therefore more motivating.
- It is a different and sometimes an easier way to communicate for some.
A music therapist can work in/with a variety of populations, including but not limited to:
- Psychiatric hospitals
- Medical hospitals
- Nursing homes
- Special needs
- Developmental disabilities
- Intellectual disabilities
If you would like to learn more about music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association website here.
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