Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA*) 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.
*Music Therapist Accredited (CAMT 2016)
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.
Visit the Canadian Association for Music Therapists to learn more about music therapy.