Music therapy is both an allied health profession and a field of scientific research, which studies correlations between the process of clinical therapy and biomusicology, musical acoustics music theory, psychoacoustics and comparative musicology. It is an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets – physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual – to help client improve or maintain their health. Music Therapists primarily help clients improve their observable level of functioning and self-reported quality of life in various domains, such as:
- Cognitive functioning
- Motor, behavioral and social skills
- Emotional and affective development
By using music experiences – singing, songwriting, listening to and discussing music, moving to music – we hope to achieve measureable treatment goals and objectives. Referrals to music therapy services may be made by the treating physician along with an interdisciplinary team of professionals consisting of clinicians (physicians, psychologists, PTs, OTs).