Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music is utilized within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, communication and social needs of individuals.
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas:
Oxford University Press alongside the American Music Therapy Association publish two scholarly journals where research in music therapy is published and shared: