What Is Music Therapy?


The phrase "Music Therapy" can be misleading and confusing. You may think of something esoteric or just recreational. Many people picture someone with a guitar leading a group in "Kumbayah" around a campfire. The phrase gets used incorrectly sometimes too, so we will tell you our official definition here!

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish functional goals. This means that board certified, highly trained music therapists use research, experience, and specialized education to tailor music exercises to the individualized non-musical needs of a client. It is an allied healthcare practice that can serve as a great complementary therapy to speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychotherapy to reach goals faster. It's also a great stand-alone therapy modality for people who haven't seen any progress in other standard types of therapy.

Music Therapy is never meant to entertain, and clients enrolled in music therapy should also not expect to become proficient in music. The exercises Music Therapists design are meant to help clients improve their attention span, manage their behavior, improve their speech, increase mobility, and exercise cognitive skills like memory, sequencing, reasoning, and decision making.


Even though Music Therapy has been an established field for many years, it isn't as well known as other types of therapy. Even so, professionals have been conducting research about how music can help people in medical and health settings since the 1700s, and there is a large amount of evidence for the efficacy of music therapy!

Music Therapy can serve people from all ability levels, age groups, and diagnoses. Music Therapists can be found working in various types of settings and facilities, including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, mental health treatment centers, early intervention programs, and private practice settings like ours. Board certified music therapists work with diverse populations and various diagnoses, including but not limited to those with autism spectrum disorder, ADD and ADHD, psychiatric or behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and more.

At So.i.Heard, our highly skilled music therapists are committed to guiding clients of all abilities toward positive change. That means something different to each individual, and we use our training and fine-tuned intuition to adapt to each person in each session.


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