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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:

• Use of music to work on needs and strengths


• Individualized intervention   

addressing functional and wellness goals


• Led by a board certified music therapist (MT-BC)


​ Evidence-based, dignified, clinical, and creative


• Promotes constructive skills, behaviors, thoughts, feelings


• Enhances quality of life and well-being


What Music 

Therapy Is Not:

• ​Listening to music


• Beneficial only for clients in a good mood


•Only for people with musical skills 


•For the sake of activity, boredom, entertainment, education


A music performance or concert


•One-size-fits-all


•Music activities led by someone not board certified in music therapy (MT-BC)


What Music 

Therapists Do:


• Assess, create treatment plans, and evaluate progress 


• Combine creative processes, physiological knowledge, and therapeutic approaches


• Collaborate with clients, carepartners, and other professional team members


• Adhere to national standards of the Certification Board for Music Therapy (www.cbmt.org) and the American Music Therapy Association (www.musictherapy.org)

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