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Transcript of Music Therapy
"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"(1).
Process begins with a referral from a professional
Assessment of the client by the music therapist
After the assessment, goals are formed for the client to reach based on medical records and interviews from family members
A treatment plan is recorded by the therapist and is carried out over a period of time
The treatment plan is evaluated and modifications can be made if appropriate
After the goals are reached, therapy is no longer needed
Communication is left ongoing between the therapist and the client.
Such a wide client base allows for various clinical settings where someone may receive music therapy. Therapists are trained to work in different environments either with and individual client or in a group session (rest home). Some clinical settings where a music therapist can be found include the following:
Music is commonly referred to as the universal language and it is no wonder why music therapy is credited to having such a large client base. Music lessons or any type of musical background is not necessary in order for the client to receive healing and in some cases, teaching the client how to read music or play an instrument is a positive communication experience. A Client can either receive music therapy in a group setting or an individual setting depending on the individual(s) and his or her area in needs of improvement. A few examples of individuals who may benefit from music therapy include the following:
Music Therapy as a Profession
dp Music Therapy
Dana Prouse is the founder of dp Music Therapy in Clinton Ontario and has a background in voice, piano and guitar. Dana has been certified as a music therapist from the CAMT and received a Bachelor Honors of Music Therapy from the University of Windsor. "She feels very strongly about the use of music as part of a multi disciplinary approach to meet the needs of every individual, regardless of their abilities" (3).
How Music Therapy Assist's an Individual
Music Therapy as a Profession
"It gives me the feeling of love and romance!" - Henry Dryer
Victims of Abuse
Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury
Recovering Drug/Alcohol Addicts
82 Albert St. Clinton Ontario
(Preparing, Implementing, Evaluating and Reflecting)
Who benefits from music therapy?
Where does music therapy take place?
What are some techniques a music therapist uses during treatment?
Singing - Helps clients with dementia remember lyrics or past memories
Playing Instruments - Improves motor skills for clients that have suffered from a stroke
Rhythmic Activities - Keeping a beat can improve motor areas that work in the clients brain
Improvising (jamming) - Allows victims of abuse or clients that have trouble communicating to express themselves
Composing or Songwriting - Clients who are sick and who fear the future can express themselves through song
Listening - Gives a client a sense of control when approaching a new environment
Someone who has an interest in becoming a music therapist usually has a taken music throughout high school and/or can play various instruments. After high school, he or she must receive a Bachelor or an Undergraduate Certificate in music therapy. Once the degree in music therapy has been completed, the individual must complete an internship lasting a total of one thousand hours. The internship gradually prepares the student for a career in music therapy and his or her progress is monitored by a professional. After the internship, the student submits a portfolio to an Accreditation Review Board and (if successful) becomes a Music Therapist Accredited also known as an MTA. A full time music therapist must work well with clients involving a wide range of disabilities, be comfortable working in different locations and must be able to confidently play and teach music on different instruments.
According to the CAMT
How Music Therapy Assists an Individual
Music therapy is responsible for a large number of positive effects on clients including increased motor skills, a means of recalling memories, reduced pain or stress, promoting communication and is even believed by professionals to reduce symptoms of illness. In a group setting, the use of music therapy promotes communication, leadership and teamwork between clients. Just listening to music has been proven to relieve stress and lower blood pressure and can even lower ones heart rate.
1. CAMT | AMC. N.p., n.d. Web. 2013. <http://www.musictherapy.ca/en/>.
2. Fermata Music Therapy. N.p., n.d. Web. 2013. <http://www.fermatamusictherapy.com/>.
3. dp Music Therapy. N.p., n.d. Web. 2013. <http://www.dpmusictherapy.com/>.
4. American Cancer Society . N.p., n.d. Web. 2013. <http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/mindbodyandspirit/music-therapy>.
"Music can heal. It can do more than that. It can throw a lifeline to those who can't be reached any other way."