Music Therapist

Music therapy is the skilful 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.

Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds in institutional, community, and private practice settings. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • acquired brain injury
  • AIDS
  • autism and other pervasive development disabilities
  • critical care
  • developmental disabilities
  • emotional traumas
  • geriatric care
  • hearing impairments
  • mental health
  • neonatal care
  • obstetrics
  • oncology
  • pain control
  • palliative care
  • personal growth
  • physical disabilities
  • speech and language impairments
  • substance abuse
  • teens at risk
  • victims of abuse
  • visual impairments.

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