What is music therapy?
Music therapy is a clinical, research-based healthcare profession. Music therapists have at least a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and have passed a board certification exam. They use music to assess the needs of their clients and develop individualized music therapy treatment plans to work towards non-musical goals.
Who can benefit from music therapy?
Joyful Melodies specializes in providing music therapy for young children with developmental delays and children dealing with stressful life experiences, such as the loss of a loved one, a chronic medical diagnosis, or intellectual or developmental disabilities. Clients need no prior musical training or ability to benefit. Music therapy sessions can be designed to work towards goals such as promoting developmental growth, decreasing feelings of anxiety and depression, promoting self-expression, exploring feelings related to grief and loss, promoting attention to task, improving communication and social skills, and more.
What does a music therapy session look like?
Music therapists create a safe, nurturing environment and give clients opportunities to express themselves through music. Music therapy can help people of all abilities – a typically developing teen might work through his feelings of loss after the death of a parent through songwriting, whereas a nonverbal child with cerebral palsy might improve motor coordination, social skills, and emotional expression through drumming. Each treatment plan is designed specifically for each client.
Find more information about music therapy at the website of the American Music Therapy Association: www.musictherapy.org.