Music therapy is defined by the American Music Therapy Association as “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.”¹
Music therapy is an established health profession to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Music therapists serve many populations, including, but not limited to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Alzheimer’s Disease, substance abuse, traumatic brain injuries, in hospice or palliative care, or individuals with other cognitive, rehabilitative, social, emotional, or mental health needs. Music therapists are employed in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, correctional facilities, private practice, etc.¹
Music has the potential to unite people and communities through a shared experience. Neurologists believe that music is “universal yet multifarious” in that it is a shared form of expression, it is created both individually and communally, and it is an individual experience that many can become involved with at the same time.
(photo retrieved from google.com)