Just as other therapies, music therapy can be offered individually or with a group of people. Though individual therapy is great and is designed specifically for the individual being treated, groups offer some great advantages. Music therapy groups can be provided for many purposes including support groups, exercise and wellness, rehabilitation, performance, socialization, motor skills, etc. In addition, people of all ages and abilities can participate in a music therapy group.
Benefits of Group Music Therapy
– Multiple People Benefit at Once- Music therapy groups can be designed to treat a variety of people at the same time. Ideally a group would consist of people with similar abilities or goals, however, many times this isn’t possible without leaving people out. With a group the music therapist can design and implement interventions which address speech, motor, cognitive, social and emotional goals simultaneously. This allows full inclusion of all who wish to be a part of the group no matter what their specific goals may be.
– Can Involve Family and Loved Ones- One of the great things about music is that it is easily turned into a group experience. Observers and guests can easily be incorporated in the group by playing along with instruments or singing along to songs without interrupting the therapy process. By having family/loved ones participate along in the groups, support systems can be strengthened while providing an enjoyable and bonding growth experience.
– Social Involvement- Music is inherently a fun activity. Whether listening or playing, majority of people enjoy music and are drawn to musical events. Due to the familiarity and comfort music provides, music therapy groups present to participants as non-invasive and inviting which aids with motivation and willingness to participate in therapy. The musical component of group therapy often provides an opportunity to have fun with others while participating in musical experiences which results in an increase of cohesiveness among group members.
– Music Making Experiences- Individual music therapy can provide some great music making experiences, but these are completely different from the music making experiences one can be a part of in a music therapy group. Chime choirs, rock bands, and drum circles are all examples of music making experiences that build relationships, strengthen teamwork and boost self esteem.
– Cost Effective– Many individuals can be treated at the same time, providing an affordable therapy option.
These are just several benefits of considering a music therapy in the group setting. As stated previously, group music therapy can benefit a variety of ages and populations. Groups are designed and adapted to the ability of each individual group member to provide a successful and enjoyable therapy experience for everyone. If you or someone you know is interested in group music therapy contact us today!