REBECCA J. FROMAN FREIMAN, MA, MT-BC
MUSIC THERAPIST-BOARD CERTIFIED
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