Music therapy uses music interactively to work on goals of maintaining or increasing physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and social health. Your music therapist will work with you to understand your needs, and to begin working towards your best self. A session may include singing, instrument playing, movement, music listening or talking, though no musical skill is required to participate in a session. For more information: www.musictherapy.org.
What is a Music Therapist?
Qualified music therapists have earned a degree in music therapy and completed an internship. Coursework includes human development, music, and psychology. Nationally, qualified music therapists are credentialed as board certified (MT-BC). In New York State, music therapists who are qualified to practice psychotherapy are credentialed as licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT)
What Happens in a Music Therapy Session?
There is no standard music therapy session, but a session may include playing instruments, singing, listening to music or songwriting. Sessions are catered to meet the needs of the individual. A music therapist will spend time getting to know her client, and work with the client to meet established goals.
Do You Need to be a Musician to Participate in Music Therapy?
No. Music Therapists work with people from all walks of life, with a wide variety of musical experience.