About Music Therapy
Many people aren’t quite sure what music therapy is or how it could benefit their child. Here are our answers to common questions about music therapy.
- What is Music Therapy?
- What do Music Therapists do?
- Where do Music Therapists work?
- What qualifications do Music Therapists have?
- Who would be an appropriate client for Music Therapy?
- What about insurance?
- Can Music Therapy be on a child’s IEP?
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a well-established, research-based profession in which music is used in the accomplishment of therapeutic and educational goals. Music Therapy is used to improve cognitive, social, physical, psychological, or communication functioning.
According to the American Music Therapy Association:
Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.
Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
- promote wellness
- manage stress
- alleviate pain
- express feelings
- enhance memory
- improve communication
- promote physical rehabilitation
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings.
What Do Music Therapists Do?
Assess emotional well being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through music responses.
Design music sessions for individuals and groups to meet individual treatment goals and objectives using:
- music improvisation
- receptive music listening
- song writing
- lyric discussion
- music and imagery
- music performance
- learning through music
Plan, evaluate, and follow up on treatment as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Where Do Music Therapists Work?
- Public and private schools
- Early intervention programs
- Rehabilitative facilities
- Outpatient clinics
- Day treatment centers
- Adult and pediatric nursing facilities
- Residences for individuals with developmental disabilities
- Community mental health centers
- Hospice programs
- Wellness programs
- Private practice
What Qualifications Do Music Therapists Have?
|Education||A degree in Music Therapy from an academic program approved by the American Music Therapy Association|
|Internship||Successful completion of a 900-hour internship under the supervision of a qualified music therapist|
|Credential||Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) which requires successful completion of comprehensive exam and continuing music therapy education credits|
|Skills||Proficiency in piano, voice, and guitar
Knowledgeable in music theory and composition
|Clinical||Knowledge of special populations
Trained in assessment, treatment planning and evaluation
Fluent in major theories and models of therapy
Who Could be a Client for Music Therapy?
We work with individuals ranging in age from birth through adult and serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities such as:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Neurobiological Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Williams Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Developmental Disabilities
- Language and Communication Delays
What About Insurance?
At this time, Roman Music Therapy Services does not bill for third party reimbursement for Individual Sessions so as to maintain the confidentiality and client-centered treatment which is possible through private payment.
Can Music Therapy be on a Child’s IEP?
Yes, Music Therapy is an approved related service. It can be on a child’s IEP if it is found to be necessary for a child to make progress on his IEP goals and objectives. Click here to read more about Music Therapy and the IEP.
Roman Music Therapy Services423 Main St.
Melrose, MA 02176