What is Music Therapy?
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. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)
We believe that music has the unique ability to impact lives in a powerful way no matter what the developmental or skill level is. No one client is like another so our sessions are designed as such. By assessing each client’s strengths and needs the music therapist creates a success oriented, motivating program where clients are free to undertake social, cognitive, emotional and physical goals in an accessible and creative manner. Music can speak when we don’t have the words.
Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?
Music Therapy can benefit a wide variety of populations from infants to older adults. Many Music Therapists work with clients with developmental needs, learning disabilities, mental health needs, age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and in hospice care to name a few. At Enriching Rhythms we currently specialize in providing in home and community based services for infants, children and teens with learning and developmental needs. If you are looking for services for you or a loved one who does not fit this category check out our links section for other Music Therapists in the area who specialize in other populations or contact us for more info.
What might a Music Therapy Session look/sound like?
Some interventions that may be utilized in a Music Therapy session could include:
♬Choice making and turn taking in instrumental play
♬Self expression in songwriting or improvisation
♬Gross motor skill development during movement experiences
♬Fine motor skill development when playing simple instruments
♬Leisure skill cultivation in adapted music lessons
♬Technology based interventions for music creation