What: Music therapy is the use of music to improve clients' quality of life at any age or stage in life.
A more formal definitions is: “... a systematic process of intervention wherein the therapist helps the client to promote health, using music experiences and the relationships that develop through them as dynamic forces of change” –Defining Music Therapy (Bruscia, 1998)
Who: Between a client (or clients if group therapy) and a board-certified music therapist.
Where: At FAME Center in a private classroom and therapeutic environment.
What do music therapists do?
In music therapy we work together to support the client in growth and health through the use of intentionally designed and implemented music experiences. In and through music we can see meaningful movement and growth in connection to self and others, emotional processing and regulation, self-expression, reaching developmental goals, expanding creativity, and many other things. Music naturally engages our whole mind, body, and soul, and is a powerful motivator and connecting element. Through Music Therapy we can work towards a variety of goals, individually created for each client, to aid in experiencing wholistic health and wellness.
Music therapy can help people with autism to improve skills in areas such as communication, social skills, sensory issues, behavior, cognition, perceptual/motor skills, and self-reliance or self-determination.
Check out this article on music therapy and autism.
Goals in music therapy:
Depression and Anxiety Management
Developing Healthy Leisure Activities
A few things you might see and experience in music therapy
Adaptive music lessons
Music therapists are individuals who have completed a Bachelors Degree or higher in Music Therapy, completed a 1200 hour supervised internship, and successfully completed a board certification exam. Music Therapists are credentialed through the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and required to obtain supervision and continuing education to maintain their credentials.
Who can benefit from music therapy?
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.
Bethany completed her Bachelors of Science in Music Therapy at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (now Purdue Fort Wayne), and her internship with Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She is experienced in working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, as well as with groups and individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.
If you are interested in seeing if music therapy may be a good fit for yourself or a loved one, please contact us for an appointment!