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What is music therapy?

Music therapy is a health profession using research-based music interventions for non-musical goals, especially toward addressing a client’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs.

Music therapy is a non-invasive and non-threatening treatment for those suffering from diseases, disabilities, impairments or ailments.

You don’t have to be a musician to benefit from music therapy — but check out this video to learn more about how the interactive music therapy offered by Music Speaks energizes the brain and helps clients to reach their goals.


What are the qualifications of a music therapist?

  • Education
    • Four-year music therapy degree at an approved college or university
    • 1200 hours of music therapy clinical training through courses and internship
  • Certification
    • Sit for national certification (Certification Board for Music Therapists) necessary for professional practice
    • Continuing education requirements

What does a music therapist do?

Similar to other health care professionals/therapists, a music therapist

  1. Observes and assesses the needs of a client
  2. Develops goals/objectives
  3. Plans/executes interventions, often with live music
  4. Documents progress

Who can benefit from music therapy?

Music therapy can be beneficial for a wide variety of settings and populations, including but not limited to:

  • Hospice
  • Dementia care
  • Long-term care
  • Children with disabilities
  • Adults in rehabilitation
  • Children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Hospital or acute care
  • Mental and behavioral health

How do I find more information about music therapy?

Call Music Speaks at (563) 249-5781 to connect with one of our board-certified music therapists.

Or visit:
www.musictherapy.org  (American Music Therapy Association)
www.cbmt.org  (Certification Board for Music Therapists)