Using music as a tool to support health and wellness 

in individual and group sessions for older adults

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

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"Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears...

it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.

​ But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more-

it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life.

For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity."

~Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author

United States Senate Committee Hearings on Music & Aging


What Music Therapy Is:

• Individualized clinical music intervention addressing goals relating to psychological, physiological,     

  cognitive, communicative, behavioral, sensory, social, emotional and spiritual functioning

• Music is used as a tool in therapy treatment with a board certified music therapy professional

• Using evidence-based, dignified, and creative interventions to promote adaptive/constructive skills, 

  behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and strategies to enhance quality of life/well-being

What Music Therapy Is Not:

• For those only with musical skill or talent

• Solely for the sake of activity, boredom, entertainment, education, performance, or product

• Listening to music

• One type of music used for all individuals with the same diagnosis or therapy goals

What Music Therapists Do:

• Assess both non-music and musical responses to develop treatment plans based on national   

  standards of clinical practice

• Evaluate therapeutic progress in various functional domains

• Combine creative processes, physiological knowledge, therapeutic approaches, and client strengths 

  to provide opportunities to successfully meet therapy goals

• Collaborate and work in relationship with clients, carepartners, and other professionals