Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
- Promote Wellness
- Manage Stress
- Alleviate Pain
- Express Feelings
- Enhance Memory
- Improve Communication
- Promote Physical Rehabilitation
Jenifer Covington, M.Ed. BC-MT.
Music Therapy and Special Education
- Music Therapy is considered a related service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- When music therapy is deemed necessary to assist a child benefit from his/her special education, goals are documented on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as a related service intervention.
- Music therapy can be an integral component in helping the child with special needs attain educational goals identified by his/her IEP team.
- Music therapy interventions can address development in cognitive, behavioral, physical, emotional, and social skills. Music therapy can also facilitate development in communication and sensorimotor skills.
- Music therapy can offer direct or consultant services as determined by the individual needs of the child.
- Music therapists can support special education classroom teachers by providing effective ways to incorporate music into their academic curriculum.
- Music therapy involvement can stimulate attention and increase motivation to participate more fully in other aspects of the educational setting.
- Music therapy interventions apply the inherent order of music slotmachines to set behavioral expectations, provide reassurance, and maintain structure for children with special needs.
- Music therapy can adapt strategies to encourage a child’s participation in the least restrictive environment.
Who can provide Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is provided by a Board Certified Music Therapist who has completed either a Bachelor or Master’s degree program at an approved college or university, a supervised internship, and passed the national certification exam.
Who can benefit from Music Therapy?
Music therapy has been shown to be an effective part of a treatment regime for individuals of all ages and with a wide variety of conditions including Autism spectrum disorders, cognitive or physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s or other age related conditions, substance abuse problems, mental health issues, acute and chronic pain, to name a few.
When and Where is Music Therapy offered ?
Much like Speech Therapists and counselors, you may find music therapists in the public school system providing services as part of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), in hospitals providing treatment on medical units, or in inpatient psychiatric/mental health programs, as well as in treatment centers and private practice.
Dreams Fulfilled Through Music will assist parents and families in determining whether music therapy or adaptive music education is the most appropriate service for your child or family member and facilitate in the appropriate recommendations.
For more detailed information about Music Therapy and its many applications, see the American Music Therapy Association Website http://www.musictherapy.org