Who is a Music Therapist?
Music therapists are accomplished musicians. They have an undergraduate or masters degree in music therapy. After which, they are required to complete a 1000 hour clinical internship. Once complete, music therapists pass a board exam to become certified (MTA). Additionally, some MTAs choose speciality training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). Those working in Ontario have the option of becoming Registered Psychotherapists (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
How Is Music Therapy Beneficial?
Music therapy is versatile and as a result, its benefits can be limitless. Mental health services allow clients to explore and express their emotions through non-verbal means. Developmental or rehabilitative services support the learning or reacquiring skills related to cognition, physical abilities, and/or communication. Recreational services provide clients with disabilities the opportunity to have fun with music.