Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical use of evidence-based music interventions within a therapeutic relationship to accomplish non-musical goals.  Music therapy is directed by a trained music therapist who has completed a degree program in music therapy and passed the national exam offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

What Goals Can Music Therapy Address?

  • Improve or maintain expressive or receptive communication

  • Reinforce academic and social goals

  • Maintain or improve gross or fine motor functioning

  • Provide opportunities for self-expression and emotional support

  • Provide sensory stimulation or integration

  • Promote positive family or social interaction

  • Increase self-esteem

  • Decrease anxiety

  • Promote reality orientation

  • Provide pain management

  • Teach relaxation techniques

  • Provide spiritual support