Using music as a tool to support health and wellness 

in individual and group sessions for older adults


hands of older adult playing piano music therapy

"Music can lift us out of depression or move us to 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 non-musical

  goals relating to psychological,

  physiological, cognitive, social,  

  communicative, behavioral, sensory,  

  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 


What Music Therapy Is Not:

• For those only with musical skill or 


• Only appropriate when individuals are 

   in a “good mood”

• 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

• Music activities led by someone who is 

  not a board certified music therapist 

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 


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  therapy training, visit

Interested in music therapy for you or someone you care for? Contact us today!