Q: What is Music therapy?

A: Music therapy is the clinical use of music by a trained therapist for use with a client or clients to achieve musical or non-musical goals.

Q: What is the difference between a performer and a Music Therapist?

A: A Music Therapist must complete an accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral program and requisite practica and internships.

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He or she must also complete written or observational assessments and identify what goals need to be reached, depending on a number of different factors, such as diagnosis, setting, age, etc. They facilitate interventions based on a client’s needs in order to reach their goals through music.

Q: I know a music therapist who works with kids with Autism [Spectrum Disorder].  What other clients do music therapists work with?

A: Music Therapists work with clients who have the foll0wing impairments, among others: Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Developmental Disabilities, Depression, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, hospitalized patients (NICU to Oncology to burn units to ICU), support groups, Neurodegenerative disorders, and stroke.

Q: I saw the movie “Alive Inside,” where they used recorded music on iPods to reach nursing home residents emotionally. Is this music therapy?

A: No, but recorded music can be a great way to start a conversation with anyone (especially someone who has cognitive deficits) and when used appropriately, can be a great tool for family members and caregivers. Music therapy sessions typically use live music and the therapist is able to adapt to the client’s needs in the moment. Music and Memory, the company “Alive Inside” follows, does consult with music therapists and trains non-music therapists in best practices.

Q: Who benefits from music therapy?

A: Everyone.