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Some frequently asked questions about music therapy

Why Music?

Music is processed in all areas of the brain and has the ability to access and stimulate areas of the brain that may not be accessible through other modalities. Research shows that music enhances and optimizes brain function, providing improved performance of cognitive, motor, and speech/language tasks.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited/certified/registered music therapist  to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being, and to improve quality of life.

Who are the Music Therapists?

In order to become an accredited or certified music therapist (MTA/MT-BC), one must complete a minimum of four-year Bachelor of Music Therapy degree followed by a 1000-hour supervised clinical internship, then pass the board test. The studies include subjects in music, music therapy, psychology, anatomy and physiology, as well as 4 semesters of supervised clinical practice. 

For more information on various accreditation and certification processes in different countries visit the World Federation of Music Therapy website: 

Who Benefits from Music Therapy?

People of various ages, abilities and musical backgrounds. Conditions include:

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Intellectual and  Developmental Disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Speech, language, hearing or visual impairments
  • Learning difficulties
  • Trauma survivors
  • Mental health, including anxiety, depression
  • Antenatal and neonatal care (mothers and babies)
  • Critical care
  • Pain control
  • Oncology
  • Alzheimer's and other types of Dementia
  • Palliative care
  • Self-growth and development, wellness

What are the Goals of Music Therapy?

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses, in order to design individual or group sessions based on client needs, which may include:

      improving quality of life

      promoting wellness

      managing stress

      alleviating pain

      expressing feelings

      enhancing memory and cognitive skills

      improving speech and communication 

      promoting learning

      improving personal and social relationships

      promoting physical rehabilitation

Where do Music Therapists Work?

Special needs and inclusive education schools; rehabilitative facilities; medical hospitals, outpatient clinics; mental health  and psychiatric centers; day care treatment centers; agencies serving developmentally disabled persons; senior centers, nursing homes; hospices and palliative care facilities; and private practice.

Adapted from the American Music Therapy Association and the Canadian Association for Music Therapy