What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is an allied health profession, which uses the prescribed, clinical and evidence based use of musical elements and activities by a certified music therapist, to improve a person’s quality of life.

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).

Music therapy sessions can include singing, playing instruments, rhythm based activities, improvisation, songwriting, imagery, and listening. Interventions from other modalities can be included such as art, photography, dance & movement, poetry, sensory stimulation, and cognitive stimulation exercises.

While Music Care Certificates, Music & Memories, Alive Inside, and related programs can have some value, they are not music therapy.