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What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)
Diagnoses that are often treated with music therapy may include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Developmental Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Premature infants and infants in NICU
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
What is Neurologic Music Therapy?
Neurological Music Therapy, or NMT is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. NMT is evidenced based (scientific and clinical research) and techniques are standardized goals directed toward functional non-musical therapeutic goals.
What do music therapists do?
Music therapists assess emotional well being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music. They participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation and follow up treatment for numerous medical conditions.
Who is qualified to practice music therapy?
Persons who complete one of the approved college music therapy curricula (including an internship) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC).
Is there research to support music therapy?
AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.
We provide both individual and group therapy sessions.
Music therapy sessions address the following developmental domains:
- Fine and gross motor
- Communication Skills
- Adaptive Skills
- Social and Emotional Development Skills
- Cognitive skills
In Harmony Pediatric Therapy music therapists are credentialed Early Intervention Specialists and provide services for infants and toddlers experiencing delays in their development. We provide special instruction for infants and toddlers that are currently enrolled and pre-approved for services through Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) Health District 1-2 (Cherokee County), and Health District 2 (Forsyth County).
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