Music Therapy FAQs
1. 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.
2. What does a music therapist do?
Music therapists work with a variety of clients to improve their wellness and quality of life. Common goals addressed in music therapy include: improving social skills, academic skills, focus and attention, and emotional expression, increasing memory, decreasing anxiety and pain, and improving physical strength and mobility.
3. Where do music therapists work?
Music therapists work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation facilities, community health centers, nursing homes for elderly, and hospice.
4. What courses does a music therapy student take?
Music therapy curriculum may differ slightly from school to school. However, common classes include Clinical Foundations, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, Music History, Psychology of Music, Music in Special Education, Vocal Techniques, and general music classes such as Theory, Ear Training, Choir/Band/Orchestra, and private lessons.
Each semester, students also attend a music therapy practicum site where they observe a professional music therapist and get hands-on experience working with clients in various settings.