Music Therapy is a creative treatment approach which utilizes music interventions to accomplish non-musical goals within a therapeutic relationship.
Music therapy may be used to help individuals identify and express emotions, improve social and communication skills, and enhance problem solving ability. Music therapy may also be used to encourage positive coping strategies and improve overall wellbeing. Additionally, involvement in successful musical experiences can improve self-esteem and increase motivation to be engaged in treatment. For individuals who find verbal expression difficult, music therapy can provide an alternative means of communication and emotional expression.
Musical talent or ability is not necessary to benefit from music therapy. Music therapists skillfully adapt their interventions to meet the unique needs and abilities of each individual client. Music therapists employ a variety of strategies that may involve singing, creating, moving and/or listening to music.
Music therapists are credentialed professionals who have completed an approved music therapy program and are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.