What Is Music Therapy

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What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy specialists are a group of professionals who provide specific music experiences in order to enhance health. Music therapy techniques include opportunities to listen and make music based on individualized goals and treatment objectives. What is Music Therapy used for?

Music therapy is an effective treatment in encouraging weight gain and self-regulation in premature infants, reducing anxiety and pain related to surgical procedures, and helping individuals cope with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Children who are challenged by physical, emotional, and cognitive delays can benefit from music therapy by working towards increased physical strength and mobility, learning how to express their feelings in an effective way without hurting others, and by introducing music activities within their academic goals to increase memory and help problem solving. Finally, older adults suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and those who are frail from the effects of aging can benefit from music therapy in terms of reminiscing, moving and dancing to music for physical conditioning. Who Provides Music Therapy?

Music therapists are individuals who have completed specific educational requirements from universities and colleges approved by the American Music Therapy Association. The educational requirements include classes covering information about how to perform music, counseling techniques, and specific music therapy interventions. There are approximately 70 universities and colleges throughout the United States that offer undergraduate degrees in music therapy. Typically, these degree programs are located within a university’s music school. Once a student has passed all of his or her courses and successfully completed a clinical internship, s/he can take a certification exam. After passing this exam, they use the credential board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). This is the credential that lets health care consumers know...
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