I've mentioned a few times that I'm a music therapist, so here's a list about what exactly that means.
  1. What is music therapy?
    Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized, non-musical goals within a therapeutic relationship.
  2. Who are music therapists?
    Music therapists are Board Certified professionals who have completed a 4 year music therapy degree and 6 month internship. Music therapy coursework includes classes in psychology, human growth and development, and music.
  3. Where do music therapists work?
    Music therapists work in a wide variety of settings. It first became popular in working with veterans with PTSD after the world wars. Today music therapists work with people in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, correctional facilities, and hospices among other places.
  4. What do music therapists work on?
    Music therapists use music to effect change in patients in a variety of ways. This could include practicing social skills with a student with autism using an improvisation intervention, using a lyric analysis to lead a discussion about positive coping skills with patients in a psychiatric hospital, or providing live music and guided relaxation to reduce pain in a hospice patient.
  5. One well-known example was...
    The use of music therapy to help Congresswoman Gabby Giffords regain speech after being shot in the head. http://youtu.be/tiJ9X_wLSWM
  6. Why does music therapy work?
    Music therapy works because music is so much a part of the human experience. We are so connected to it in our brain where music is processed in multiple areas, in our bodies through our rhythmic breathing and heartbeat, and in our emotions and memories. All of these connections allow for music to be a motivating and effective instrument of change.
  7. Would you like more information?
    Please do not hesitate to ask me! You can also check out musictherapy.org or this awesome Tedx Talk given by my friend Erin: http://youtu.be/47-90fPyQa8
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