So What Is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is a clinical intervention with foundations in psychology. This means that it is more than just putting on your favourite CD, or blasting the music while driving down the highway, or attending a live performance (but don’t get me wrong, these are all ‘therapeutic’ in their own way). Music therapy is an individualized, interactive, and goal driven intervention. For some of our clients goals are focused on developmental areas such as communication or social skills, physical coordination, or sensory integration. For other clients, the goals are more closely related to psychotherapy and focus on improving mental health and emotional wellbeing.
For your reference, I’ve included a clinical definition here:
Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self- expression, communication, and personal development. CAMT, 1994