ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY

 

Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

 

--Canadian Association of Music Therapists

Why music therapy?

 

 

Music has been known to have a presence within every culture. It is a universal language that supersedes individual differences. For those who are non-verbal or have difficulty expressing their feelings, music is a form of communication that does not require words. It is a safe and beautiful outlet for self-expression. One of the key aspects required for growth and learning is personal motivation. Music itself is a motivator and can lead an individual toward therapeutic goals in a desirable way. Research suggests that musical processing is a multimodal experience accessing many different parts of the brain all at once. As music stimulates neural connections among brain cells, it provides optimal cognitive development for a person.



Music therapy interventions include:  

 

  • Singing and playing instruments

  • Musical improvisation

  • Music and movement activities

  • Educational and instructional songs

  • Creating and recording original music

  • Listening to music                          

 

These interventions help to work toward goal areas such as:

 

  • Social

  • Psychosocial

  • Communication (receptive and expressive)

  • Language and speech

  • Gross and fine motor

  • Cognitive and academic

  • Sensory

  • Relaxation

  • Creative self-expression and a positive experience

 

Christine Fabian, BMT, MTA
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

(780) 983-8950

christine@solfulmusic.com

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