Music therapy is the clinical application of music, led by a licensed music therapist, to address a person’s unique needs such as communication barriers, emotional and spiritual support, pain reduction, grieving and quality of life.
Extensive research demonstrates the positive impact of music on well-being and neurologic function. Individuals typically respond to music long after speech has ceased or become difficult.
What Does a Music Therapist Do?
A visit with a music therapist may include:
- Reminiscing and sharing memories
- Listening to the music therapist playing an instrument including a harp, keyboard, guitar, and voice guided relaxation or use of imagery paired with music
- Music to facilitate special moments with family and caregivers
- Intergenerational music experiences
- Legacy recordings
- Music for spiritual reflection and exploration
- Decision-making about music for memorials
Who is Music Therapy Used For?
Music has a universal appeal and therefore nearly everyone can relate to music and participate in music therapy in some meaningful fashion. One does not need to have any musical ability or experience to benefit from music therapy.
Use of live music to:
- Promote relaxation and well being
- Support spiritual beliefs and practices
- Reinforce identity and joyful experiences
- Provide non-verbal connection/expression