What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.
- Canadian Association of Music Therapists
What is an MTA?
MTA stands for Music Therapist Accredited. MTA's have completed a university music therapy program, a 1,000 hour supervised internship, and a board-certified examination, gaining the credentials (MTA). Music therapists maintain their clinical and musical skills through continuing education and abide by the ethical principles put forth by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists.
What is the Canadian Association of Music Therapists?
What is a Music Therapy Assessment?
A music therapy assessment is a process of gathering information on the client, their reason for treatment, and their response to music therapy interventions. Music therapists assess clients in communication, cognitive, motor, emotional, and social domains.
What is a Music Therapy Treatment Plan?
After a music therapy assessment has been completed, the music therapist will develop a treatment plan that outlines the goals and objectives of music therapy sessions.
What Happens in a Music Therapy Session?
No two music therapy will sessions will look alike, depending on the goals, objectives, and interventions needed for the particular client. This can make it challenging to describe what a session looks like! Some examples of music therapy interventions that are utilized to achieve goals are singing for self-expression, songwriting for personal reflection, improvisation for emotional exploration, group instrument playing for socialization, and much more!