Getting All the Help You Need From the Comfort of Your Home
Let’s assume you were just recommended to take music therapy - now what? How will you find time in your busy schedule? What if you don’t have a car or can’t drive? How do you find a music therapist in the first place?
Whether you’ve considered music therapy or maybe it sounds a little less frightening than conventional therapy - you should give it a try. Because we are all immersed in this “new normal," we have compiled a list of the best music therapy classes and workshops you can take online from the comfort of your home.
Shenandoah University, located in Winchester Virginia, like many other universities, was forced to make the switch to online assignments and classes when the Covid-19 Pandemic began. In order to continue studies, students studying music therapy were told to provide resources online.
The resources provided on their website are enough to get the ball rolling for someone interested in trying music therapy. The link provides three short videos - two of songs and one of an intern explaining an activity which is available to print out.
The resources they provide do mention that they were made to benefit their clients, which were individual with autism. Although the songs and activities were made to best suit the clients, it is still worth a try since it is one of the free options available.
To find out more about Shenandoah University’s Music Therapy Program you can visit their website.
Infinity Music Therapy Services has an online platform where they offer different forms of telehealth and online services. Infinity’s services can be used by anyone but it does require a fee and communication with their team via email or phone.
Infinity may not be a great option if you are looking for long term care, but can be very helpful when looking for specific one time services. Infinity offers individual music therapy, music lessons, pre-recorded music programs, group music therapy, family and friend sessions, and individualized playlist interviews. All programs are available online.
Infinity has a program for everyone which can be extremely helpful in stressful times. Their contact information is listed on their website.If you have further questions or are interested in enrolling in one of the programs offered reach out to Infinity Music Therapy Services.
"Desperate times call for desperate measures" is the old saying. The well known Berklee College of Music, located in Boston Massachusetts offers an online class for individuals interested in learning music therapy techniques. This online course can be credited or non-credited meaning it can be used towards a degree/certificate, or taken for personal leisure.
The course will teach individuals real techniques that certified music therapists use with their clients. By taking this course you will learn coping mechanisms, how to create certain playlists, and more.
Berklee’s Website offers information about the class, including an informational video. However, the class is the price of any traditional college course. On the bright side, the tips and tricks you will learn in the class will be able to come along wherever you go.
If you are interested in learning more about the online class or about Berklee College of Music, you can visit their website.
Incadence, music therapy and technology firm, provides therapy services through internet based calls. Incadence is a great company to use for both long term and short term care since all services are provided online.
Incadence understands how frightening trying something new can be and welcomes everyone interested in trying music therapy. They have a whole website page dedicated to answering commonly asked questions.
Feel free to contact Incadence if you have questions concerning the services and programs they offer. On their page, you can meet their team of therapists so you can become more familiar before your first session. Incadence is not a free service, but if you are willing to put in the work, you will realize that is definitely worth your money.
If you are interested or want to learn more, please visit their website.
Since the forced and quick transition into telehealth services, many music therapists have been experimenting with different options for clients. If you are currently enrolled in a music therapy program, ask your therapist if they are willing to offer online telehealth services. If not, consider trying one of the options mentioned above.
If music therapy was recommended to you by your doctor, perhaps ask them what specific service they suggest before trying something online at home.
Either way, we hope that having access to these online classes and workshops helps you feel more comfortable with the “new normal” we are living in. The best thing about using online resources for music therapy is that they are only a few clicks away.
Edited by Cara Jernigan on January 17, 2021