What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions by a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) to address specific needs for individuals of all ages and diagnoses. Music therapy facilitates outcomes in cognition, speech and communication, physical, psychological, and social functioning. In other words, a music therapist uses music to facilitate non-musical outcomes.

Research supports the use of music therapy for the following outcomes:

  • Decrease pain perception after a surgical procedure
  • Increase coping with terminal and/or chronic illness
  • Regain speech after a stroke
  • Stimulate memory recall for individuals with dementia
  • Facilitate academic skills within a school setting
  • Increase attention for individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Individuals seeking to become a music therapist must complete a degree program approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Preparation for professional practice involves exceptional musicianship, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to working toward the well-being of others.

Forever Young
Music therapy students rehearse Forever Young, a wellness program hosted by the Landon Center on Aging.