Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as song writing, as well as passive listening for relaxation. Music is often a vital support for physical exercise. Music therapy assisted labor and delivery may also be included in this category since pregnancy is regarded as a normal part of women's life cycles.
Persons who complete one of the approved college music therapy curricula (including 1200 clinical hours) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the examination and the annual continuing education requirements hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC).
Check out musictherapy.org to find a program near you.
Music therapy can be used to:
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. In addition to research published by AMTA, there are countless articles demonstrating the effecctiveness of music therapy published in medical and clinical journals across the world.
That the client or patient has to have some particular music ability to benefit from music therapy -- they do not.
That there is one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest -- this is not the case. All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in a client or patient's life. The individual's preferences, circumstances and need for treatment, and the client or patient's goals help to determine the types of music a music therapist may use.
Music therapists work basically anywhere there are people.
Specifically, we work in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, nursing homes, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving people with developmental delays, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and individuals in their homes.
Music Therapy can help individuals of all ages and abilities. No musical skills or experience is necessary to be successful!
Incadence currently serves all individuals over the age of 18 who qualify for music therapy via telemedicine.