What is Music Therapy?
According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), “Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well, and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illness.”
What Do Music Therapists Do?
Music Therapists use music to help individuals work towards personal goals including:
- Songwriting: by discussing lyrics and musical improvisation to improve self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and personal insight;
- Playing musical instruments: to establish communication, encourage self-expression, adopt positive forms of behavior, and improve concentration and attention span;
- Listening: to increase awareness of self and environment, to develop coping and relaxation skills;
- Singing: to encourage speech development, reinforce academic concepts, and establish communication.
Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?
Individuals of all ages and stages can benefit from music therapy, including individuals with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Mental Retardation
- Mental Illness
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Disabilities
- Neurological Impairments
- Physical Limitations
- Downs Syndrome
Kelly Martin has been a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) for the past seven years. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University, Kelly holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).