Music therapy is the use of music by a qualified music therapist to address a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive or social needs.1
Music therapists design treatment sessions based on a person’s particular needs. Treatment options include creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music. Research shows music therapy can be used to:
Music therapy may be beneficial to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words, including children, adolescents, adults and seniors.2
Treatment may help those with:
There are many different ways music may be used in an uplifting manner. Music therapy differs by providing professional, research-based practices to meet health and educational goals.3
A professional music therapist may directly treat:
Positive musical experiences that are not considered music therapy include:
Music therapists work in a wide variety of settings, such as:
Talk to your doctor about whether music therapy is right for you, and how to find a qualified music therapist professional near you.
This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor to determine what is right for you.
1 “What is Music Therapy?” American Music Therapy Association, last accessed September 15, 2017, https://www.musictherapy.org/about/quotes/.
2 “How to Find a Music Therapist,” American Music Therapy Association, last accessed September 15, 2017, https://www.musictherapy.org/about/find/.
3 “What is Music Therapy?”
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