Music Therapy is the intentional use of music to enhance the quality of life by improving, maintaining, and/or restoring physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. The client does not require musical ability in order to be a candidate for music therapy. The music therapist facilitates a therapeutic process using musical techniques and inventions to work towards specific goals for each client – the goals typically being non-musical goals such as facilitating interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.
Music therapists graduate from a music therapy degree training program approved by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Extensive training includes coursework, practicums, and a 1000 hour supervised internship.
Music therapy can be helpful for EVERYONE. Music therapy can benefit individuals of all ages regardless of their ability level or musical background.
This includes but is not limited to: