What does the process of music therapy service look like?

Music therapy service begins with a referral. Referrals can be given by a music therapist, a member of a different discipline/agency, parents or guardians, and/or one's self.

After the music therapist accepts the referral, an assessment is arranged.  During the assessment period, the music therapist determines whether the individual/group is eligible for music therapy services.  The music therapy assessment will include obtaining demographic/cultural information, as well as the general categories of psychological, cognitive, communicative, social, and physiological functioning focused on the individual/group's strengths and areas of need.  The assessment will also determine the individual/group's responses to music, music skills and musical preferences.

Once an individual/group has gone through the assessment period, the music therapist will create a treatment plan, containing individualized goals & objectives.

As outlined in the treatment plan, the music will begin implementation of services.  Individual/group music therapy sessions will be conducted, designed to address the  individualized goals & objects.

After every music therapy session, the music therapist will write clinical documentation regarding the summary of the session, as well as the progress made in goals & objectives.

Music therapy can be terminated once the individual/group has met all goals/objectives, or no longer benefits from services.

What does a "typical" music therapy session look like?

Music therapy length and frequency are determined during the assessment period, and vary depending on the individual/group's needs.  Standard sessions can be anywhere from 30 mins- 1.5 hrs, and are recommended to be held weekly, bi-weekly, or more frequently, during the assessment period.

During the music therapy session, the music therapist brings all musical equipment needed (unless otherwise provided by facility).  This can include a guitar(s), drums, keyboard(s), electronic recording equipment, speakers, other auxiliary instruments, and more.  Sessions are comprised of music interventions specifically designed to address the individual/group's goals & objectives.

To schedule an assessment to better see how music therapy services would look for you/ your agency, please contact rylie@marigoldmusictherapy.com.

Do you have to be a trained/professional musician to participate in music therapy?

No! Music therapy is designed to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities.  The music therapist will provide you with all you need to know/resources you need to make successful progress on your goals & objectives for music therapy.


For more FAQs about music therapy, please visit the American Music Therapy Association's website at : https://www.musictherapy.org/faq/