About Music Therapy
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the systematic use of music and music-based interventions within a therapeutic relationship to accomplish individualized goals.
Music therapy goals are non-musical (such as ‘to increase expressive language or ‘to improve gross motor skills’) and may fall under the following domains: motor/physical, communication, social/emotional, cognitive/academic, and sensory.
Here’s how music-based interventions are used to address therapeutic goals in children special needs:
Motor/Physical: instrument playing, movement activities, and dancing are used to improve gross and fine motor skills, increase strength and endurance, and improve balance and posture.
Communication: therapeutic singing and oral motor and respiratory exercises are used to improve articulation and increase verbal communication skills.
Social/Emotional: instrumental improvisation, musical games, and group movement activities with the parachute and stretchy band are used to improve social skills.
Cognitive/Academic: musical instruments are used to practice skills such as localizing and visual tracking. Music therapists also work closely with the classroom teachers and reference Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to address academic concepts (i.e. letters, numbers, colors, rhyming words, counting, etc.) in our songs.
Sensory: musical instruments provide auditory, visual, and tactile stimulation.
* We use all original songs during our music therapy sessions with children, in order to ensure that our interventions are directly targeting client needs. Songs used during music therapy interventions are goal oriented, upbeat, rhythmic, and FUN! *
Who can benefit from music therapy?
Music therapy can benefit many different populations, including:
- Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Children with autism & other special needs
- Individuals with mental illness
- Hospitalized patients
- Adults dealing with substance abuse
- Individuals with neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis and TBI
- Elderly adults with dementia and hospice patients
Why is music an effective medium for therapy?
There are many reasons why music is an effective medium for bringing about functional changes in behavior.
Here are just a few…
- Music is organized into patterns.
- Music provides concrete, multisensory stimuli.
- Music has a rhythmic component.
- Research has shown that children with autism have a musical sensitivity and perceptual preference for music.
- Music can be used as a mnemonic device.
- Musical elements can cue specific behaviors.
- Music is universal.
- Music is a fun, motivating medium!
We offer the following services:
- Individual music therapy
- Adapted & traditional music lessons
- Group music therapy
- Co-treatment sessions