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Presentation for Redwood Agency Adult Services staff on October 4, 2013

Presentation for Redwood Agency Adult Services staff on October 4, 2013

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    Music Therapy: Much More Than a Sing-Along Music Therapy: Much More Than a Sing-Along Presentation Transcript

    • MUSIC THERAPY
    • What is music therapy? • An allied health profession like speech therapy and occupational therapy • Assessment-driven • Practiced by a board-certified professional • Music-based interventions
    • Music Education • Primary focus is music achievement of student • Secondary benefits may be therapeutic • Sometimes provided by music therapist but is not music therapy
    • Recreational Music • Primary focus is pleasurable experience of participants • Secondary benefits may be therapeutic • May be provided by music therapist but is not music therapy
    • Music Therapy • 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. • American Music Therapy Association
    • Music Therapy Process • Referral • Assessment • Treatment Planning • Implementation and Documentation • Ongoing Evaluation • Termination
    • Case Examples • W. was referred by his mother for music-based interventions to improve social skills. • Assessment indicated strong connections to music, difficulty playing or singing with others • Treatment involved explicit instruction in social skills and music-making with 2 peers
    • Results • W. is now attending Starfire U and has a girlfriend.
    • Case examples • M. was initially referred to improve reading skills • Plays piano by ear. Learned to read music notation as parallel process to reading text. • Received tutoring in addition to music therapy
    • Results • Now reads lyrics to songs she is playing. Intervention continues to increase vocabulary and comprehension. • Performs for nursing homes several times a month.
    • Treatment Domains • Cognitive • Social/Emotional • Physical • Language/Communication • Music
    • Goals • Improve fine motor skills • Increase attention to task • Develop body awareness • Decrease anxiety, tantrums, hyperactivity • Improve verbal/non-verbal communication
    • Interventions • Therapeutic Singing • Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance • Musical Mnemonics Training • Auditory Perception Training • Musical Executive Function Training
    • Training and Credentials • Minimum bachelor’s degree in music therapy from approved school • 1200 hours clinical training including supervised internship • Pass national board certification exam • Complete continuing education requirements