WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
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 Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, 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. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. (AMTA)
WHAT DOES A MUSIC THERAPIST DO?
After completing the client's assessment, the therapist carefully designs a structured program to address the physical, emotional, social and psychological needs of the client based on the stated goals and objectives. The therapy sessions may include singing, therapeutic instrument playing, dancing/movement, and musical improvisation, as well as the use of colorful and novel props such as puppets, toys, musical storybooks, stuffed animals, bubbles, balloons, beach balls, parachutes, scarves, ribbon dancers and much more!!
WHERE/WHEN DOES A MUSIC THERAPY SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Sessions take place where the therapist and client determine will provide the best therapeutic outcome. We are able to provide services at our facility in Whitehall, or other locations in the community such as senior care facilities, group homes, a client’s home, church, or day program. Services can be provided at various hours, including nights and weekends dependent on the availability of an appropriate therapist for the client's needs and goals.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE ACCEPTED?
We accept private pay in addition to most insurance plans and have recently started accepting the PFDS, consolidated and community living waivers. Grant funding may also be available.
DO CLIENTS HAVE TO BE MUSICIANS?
No music experience is required! Our therapists customize each client's care plan to suit their individual needs and interests.
WHAT EDUCATION MUST A MUSIC THERAPIST HAVE?
The music therapist obtains a bachelor degree with studies emphasizing music skills, science, psychology, and clinical application of music with a variety of populations. In accordance with the American Music Therapy Association's (AMTA) Standards for Educational and Clinical Training, a Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) must demonstrate a high level of musical and clinical skills, pass a certification exam, and maintain continuing education credits. The MT-BC is responsible for assessing, designing, implementing, and evaluating music therapy practice with a wide range of client populations.