How Does Music Therapy Work?

Music therapy research and clinical practice have proven to be effective with people of all ages and abilities. Whether a person’s challenges are physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological, music therapy can address a person’s needs.

At its core, music therapy is the interaction between a therapist, a client (or clients) and the use of music. A certified music therapist assesses the client(s) and creates a clinical plan for treatment in conjunction with team and client goals, which in turn determines the course of clinical sessions. A certified music therapist works within a client-centered, goal-directed framework.

Follow the links below for more detailed information about various client populations that certified music therapists work with:

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