Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

The concrete answer…

Music therapy is the evidence based practice of using music and elements of music to support change in the biological, social, or psychological system(s) of an individual or group.

The intangible reality…

Defining music therapy includes sub questions such as: who is it for, what does it involve, how does it work, why does it work?

As a therapist I have seen my answers to these questions change as I see the power of music transform the individuals with whom I work. Providing a concise answer is difficult.

Music therapy may involve actively making music, listening to music, dancing to music. Music therapy involves the relationship between the music therapist, the individual receiving services, and the music.

You do not need to be a musician or even have ever picked up an instrument to benefit from music therapy.

You do need to have a desire to interact with music.

 

For more information on music therapy see the resources page