Music Therapy: Much More Than a Sing-Along

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

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Music Therapy: Much More Than a Sing-Along

  1. 1. MUSIC THERAPY
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Music Education • Primary focus is music achievement of student • Secondary benefits may be therapeutic • Sometimes provided by music therapist but is not music therapy
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Music Therapy Process • Referral • Assessment • Treatment Planning • Implementation and Documentation • Ongoing Evaluation • Termination
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Results • W. is now attending Starfire U and has a girlfriend.
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Results • Now reads lyrics to songs she is playing. Intervention continues to increase vocabulary and comprehension. • Performs for nursing homes several times a month.
  11. 11. Treatment Domains • Cognitive • Social/Emotional • Physical • Language/Communication • Music
  12. 12. Goals • Improve fine motor skills • Increase attention to task • Develop body awareness • Decrease anxiety, tantrums, hyperactivity • Improve verbal/non-verbal communication
  13. 13. Interventions • Therapeutic Singing • Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance • Musical Mnemonics Training • Auditory Perception Training • Musical Executive Function Training
  14. 14. 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

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