Music Therapy

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Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.

Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, 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 (American Music Therapy Association, 2011).

We offer services for a variety of populations:

Special Education- In special education and settings serving persons with special needs, music therapists utilize music as an educational related service to promote learning and skill acquisition.

Early Intervention- Music therapy provides musical interventions to stimulate and develop physical, sensory and cognitive development.

Mental Health- Music therapy for clients with mental health concerns uses musical interaction as a means of communication and expression.

Alzheimer’s and Elderly- Music therapy treatment is efficacious and valid with older persons who have functional deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive or social functioning.

Hospice- Music therapists use music interventions to increase quality of life, alleviate spiritual suffering, provide pain management and relaxation for the individual. Music therapy can also improve emotional intimacy and relaxation for families and caregivers while facilitating meaningful time spend together in a positive, creative way.

WATCH: A video created by CCMS music therapist Julieann Hartley and one of her students!