What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to accomplish non-musical goals.  Board certified music therapists work with individuals to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs.   

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, providing avenues for communication, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.  Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. 

What to expect in your first Music Therapy Session? 

The first 2-3 sessions focus on the music therapist and client getting to know each other and assessing the strengths and needs of the individual client. During this time, an assessment form is completed to determine goals and next steps. The board-certified music therapist will provide the indicated treatment, which may include creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Progress notes and documentation will be completed on a regular basis and periodic updates will be provided. Your music therapist will be available to answer any of questions you may have.

What are Adaptive Music Lessons? 

MacPhail’s Music Therapy program also provides adaptive lessons for those who have difficulty learning music in traditional ways due to physical, cognitive or emotional challenges.  Adaptive music lessons are tailored to the needs of each student by a board-certified music therapist to ensure a successful music experience.