What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is 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.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.¹

What people are saying about Children’s Music Fund Music Therapy:

“We had an amazing experience with Stacie, our music therapist. Ben has really fallen in love with music and playing instruments since we began with music therapy. By the end of the session, he was singing all of those songs! Thank you very much for providing this service to my son. He grew a great deal as a result.” Nadine, mother.

“George is a 16 yo male who was admitted to the PICU due to a car running over him. Unfortunately, because of this accident it has caused damaged to his spinal cord, therefore becoming paraplegic. George expressed interest in music therapy with Stacie. Stacie informed me that George requested another song after the session was over, which Stacie happily performed. After speaking with George the next day he expressed to me how much he enjoyed the music therapy and how it “took me (him) to a better place.” “I felt calm after listening to the music” Thanks CMF for providing the means to lift the spirits of patients in the Peds unit at Harbor UCLA” ~Lizeth Martinez, CCLS Child Life Specialist


¹ American Music therapy Association (2013)

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