Music has a profound effect on human beings. It is a powerful medium which can alter our physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual state. Perhaps this is why music therapy is such an effective treatment for so many ailments. Music can help us sleep, distract us from pain, change our mood, calm our anxiety, release stress, stimulate our memories, help us to bond with others… the list goes on and on.
In music therapy, music is the medium the therapist uses to elicit positive responses to emotional, physical, social, cognitive and spiritual needs of individuals. Music is a desirable medium to use in therapy for most due to its familiar, non-threatening nature, and their own personal enjoyment of music. There is no set protocol for a music therapy session. Sessions are tailored individually for each person depending on their musical preferences and therapy goals. Musical ability is not required to benefit from music therapy.
Music therapy can be an effective treatment for:
– speech production/development
– motor development/rehabilitation
– stress management
– pain/nausea management
– addiction recovery
– stroke or brain injury
– social integration
– hospice and palliative care
– grief and loss
Individual Therapy Sessions (Children and Adults)– Music therapy can be an effective treatment towards many therapy goals, resulting with many reasons for referrals (see list above for some examples). Before treatment begins, a music therapy assessment is completed to determine appropriateness for therapy. If therapy is warranted, goals and a treatment plan are determined and carried out during weekly sessions with the therapist.
Individual Consultations – Opposed to individual therapy, consultations are brief and designed to provide information regarding the use of music in one’s daily life to help promote wellness in daily activities or to complement other therapies.
Music & Wellness Groups- Participants learn and practice various musical interventions designed to support balance of the body, mind and spirit. Interventions utilized include: guided imagery to music, relaxation exercises, toning, singing, journaling techniques and drumming.
Groups for Children- Child therapy groups are designed to address social, cognitive, motor, communication and emotional goals within a musical setting. Goals are individualized for each participant and adaptations are made as needed to ensure successful participation of all in the group.
Drumming Groups-Participants engage in a variety of drumming experiences using various hand drums provided by the therapist. Team building, emotional expression, physical release, social bonding and fun are all expected to occur within the drumming experience.
Support Groups- Music is so deeply connected to our emotions and bonds with others in our lives. Music therapy support groups provide further comfort and healing by using music in the process. Participants express themselves and connect with each other through experiences such as songwriting, singing, creative arts to music, analyzing song lyrics, and music making interventions such as group drumming.
Music & Wellness Workshops- Classes designed to engage the participant in various musical interventions to promote health and well-being in their daily lives. Workshops can be a short one time experience or several weeks of in-depth classes.
Music Lessons– Music lessons have a variety of additional benefits, especially for your brain. Piano, guitar and flute lessons available to students of all ages.
We understand that it is not always possible, or desirable, to leave one’s residence for therapy. We proudly provide in-home services to the greater Springfield area, though session price is subject to change if outside of Springfield city limits.
Contact us today to learn more about music therapy and if it might be the right therapy choice for you or your loved one.
To learn more about the effects of music and how it can benefit health and well-being, check out the following articles from our archives: