about music therapy

Music Therapy is the use of music within a therapeutic relationship to sustain, restore or improve emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual health.

  • Music therapy is different from music education and music lessons, recreation and entertainment.

  • Although music therapy may share common aspects with these pursuits, it is fundamentally distinct because of its emphasis, approach and aims.

  • Music therapy integrates the elements of music - its rhythms, melodies, and harmonies - with specific therapeutic treatment goals.

  • As a therapy, it is unique in its ability to open up avenues of self awareness, self expression, and communication that can lead to improved functioning.

  • It is an active and process-oriented therapy that employs singing, listening and moving to music, songwriting and playing instruments that do not require any skill or previous training.

  • Music Psychotherapy is psychotherapy that in addition to talking uses music-making and listening to music to evaluate and treat specific issues and concerns.

A Brief History of Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established healthcare profession, available in the United States since 1950. Its effectiveness was originally discovered with despondent World War II veterans who did not respond to anything but music. The use of music as a means of therapy is universal- it can be found in every culture on earth- and has been used since the beginning of human history. In ancient societies, music was used to heal. Contemporary awareness of integrative & alternative healthcare demonstrates that people understand and value inclusive healthcare models. Music therapy integrates the ancient wisdom of music's value with professional expertise and is an effective resource in the lives of people.

The use of music in the service of health has roots that can be traced to every ancient civilization.