Today Music Therapy is used in a diverse range of fields, including:
- Palliative care and Hospice Care
- Special Education Needs
- Mental Health
- …and many other settings where it has been proved to support well-being and development in a variety of ways.
According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA):
“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 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.”
This is an exciting time for the field of music therapy, as brain imaging technologies and other studies are contributing to increasingly compelling evidence of the efficacy of Music Therapy interventions in varied contexts and populations.