Music therapy is the use of interventions to accomplish individual goals within a therapeutic relationship by a professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy is one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients improve their health. Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.

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What to Expect

A music therapy session can happen in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, cancer centers, and in a person’s home. No musical ability is required in order to experience a benefit.

A music therapist will ask questions about your unique situation and tailor the therapy to your emotional and physical needs. Sessions might involve:

  • Playing music

  • Listening to music

  • Performing movements to music

  • Writing songs

  • Discussing what lyrics mean to you

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