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 specific 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 non-musical 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 Delay, Depression, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, hospitalized patients (NICU to Oncology to burn units to ICU), support groups, Neurodegenerative disorders, Mental Retardation, and stroke.

Q: Who benefits from music therapy?

A: Everyone.