Music therapy is a research-based, allied health profession. Music therapy uses the affordances of music to facilitate health and well-being for any individual.
In a music therapy session, we may work toward physical, emotional or social goals to increase/support a client’s overall well-being.
Physical support through music therapy could look like the playing of instruments to help with coordination, the incorporation of dance and movement, or finding or making music to help with daily activities to name a few.
Emotional support could look like listening to music to alter an emotional state, such as to decrease stress or sadness, or the opposite to explore why some music is distressing. It could also look like writing a song to explore a particular topic, or improvising on instruments to explore particular issues.
Social support may look like engaging in group music making, or developing a relationship with the therapist. It may include, but is not limited to, supporting communication skills, growing interpersonal capacities or processing of relationships.
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