What is Music Therapy?
The Key Changes Music Therapy Services Definition:
Music Therapy is the active experience of music and the relationship developed with a trained therapist that promotes learning, growth, and the achievement of goals.
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Definition:
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.
Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
- promote wellness
- manage stress
- alleviate pain
- express feelings
- enhance memory
- improve communication
- promote physical rehabilitation
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)