“What exactly is music therapy?” Even though music therapy has been an established profession since the 1950s, many people still haven’t heard of it or don’t know exactly what it means. The following information comes from the American Music Therapy Association:
Direct Service Music Therapy
Music therapy typically takes place weekly at the Music Therapy Connections studio. Sessions last 30 minutes. Prior to beginning music therapy treatment, I like to talk with parents/family members and get a sense of the goals I will be addressing with the student. At this time, the parent (and student) can fill me in on music preferences and favorite activities so that our time together is as effective and enjoyable as possible. Each therapy session is tailored for the student’s (or group’s) individual needs and unique abilities.
Consultative Music Therapy
Music Therapy Connections now offers consultative services to clients all over the United States. Music therapy consultation provides strategies, resources, music and materials to teachers, parents, therapists and others who work with children or young adults who can benefit from music therapy. Consultative services are based on the student’s or classroom’s unique needs, and are personalized to address the goals and objectives being addressed at school and/or home.