The definition:

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

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

Music therapy is the use of evidenced-based music interventions to work towards individualized goals, depending on the person or group's specific needs.  Music therapy can be used to address social, emotional, physical, psychological, cognitive, and/or spiritual needs of an individual, group, or community. 

Examples of music therapy interventions, in which clients and/or groups are invited to actively participate with the music therapist, could include:

  • Songwriting to increase self-awareness or emotional expression

  • Musical entrainment to steady respiratory rate or decrease agitation

  • Improvisational instrument play to promote group cohesion

  • CD creation to facilitate life-review or create legacy work for end-of-life

  • Guided music relaxation to reduce pain perception

  • Live re-creation of client-preferred music to facilitate reminiscence

  • Drumming various rhythmic patterns to stimulate cognition

  • Song-sharing to promote autonomy and sense-of-self

  • Adaptive music lessons to support self-esteem and empowerment