Music therapy can be used with the following populations:
· Acquired Brain Injury
· Autism Spectrum Disorder
· Critical Care
· Developmental Disabilities
· Emotional Traumas
· Geriatric Care
· Hearing Impairments
· Mental Health
· Neonatal Care
· Pain Control
· Palliative Care
· Personal Growth
· Physical Disabilities
· Speech Impairments
· Substance Abuse
· Teens at Risk
· Victims of Abuse
· Visual Impairments
"Music therapy is the clinical use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to improve, maintain and restore mental, physical, emotional and psychological health."
Music therapy is used across the lifespan (from infants to older adults) and can be used in an individual or group setting.
1. Music therapy is structured for success.
Music therapy provides a safe, judgement-free space that invites each individual to express themselves freely and to progress at their own pace. Music therapy incorporates an individual's strengths and preferences within treatment and is structured to allow each individual to work on several skill areas at once. Plus, when music therapy is facilitated by an accredited music therapist, it has no negative side effects!
2. Music therapy is an evidence-based field.
There is a growing amount of research dedicated to the field of music therapy and its use among many different populations. To learn more, you can check out the following journals and forums:
· Australian Journal of Music Therapy
· British Journal of Music Therapy
· Canadian Journal of Music Therapy
· Journal of Music Therapy
· Music Therapy Perspective
· Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
3. Music therapy is an accredited practice and each music therapist must follow a strict code of ethics.
Canadian music therapists must have, at the minimum, a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and must complete a 1000-hour internship before they can be considered for accreditation by the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT). Once a music therapist has become accredited, they must adhere to a code of ethics (which were established by CAMT) and must participate in continuing education activities on a yearly basis, in order to maintain and improve their skills as a professional music therapist.
· Use music in the form of interventions/experiences
· Conduct assessments
· Identify goals and objectives for each client
· Design and implement treatment plans
· Measure and evaluate progress throughout the course of treatment
· Terminate services when treatment is complete
· Work within an interdisciplinary context (collaborate with other clinicians, including: occupational therapists, physical
therapists, speech pathologists and physiotherapists)
Roads to Rhythm Music Therapy provides client-centered music therapy. Client-centered music therapy is a non-directive approach that follows the preferences, direction and pace of the individual receiving treatment. Progress within this approach is built upon the individual's present skills and abilities, creating a personalized music therapy experience for each client. A client-centered approach increases accuracy within treatment and generates more opportunities for every individual to achieve personal growth.
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