What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is the use of music, within a therapeutic relationship - similar to talk therapy - to help the specific needs of a client. Through the therapeutic process of assessment, the client and music therapist develop goals that are not music-related to work towards in therapy.
The length of time to achieve personal goals in therapy varies between individuals, so progress is evaluated regularly until achieved. Music therapists use a variety of musical instruments, body percussion, and voice. Clients and therapists jointly participate through songwriting, learning how to play, listening and improvising on instruments and voice to address and work through and achieve personal goals.
Music can produce different responses not normally seen in other types of therapy sessions, and trained therapists are ready to process these emotions in real time using music or verbal means. Music therapists help retrain the brain to behave differently though specific music interventions.
All sessions follow the therapeutic process of assessment, goal-setting, treatment, and evaluation.