What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a goal-oriented process using music to address non-musical needs and improve functioning in such areas as cognition, motor skills, communication, and mental and emotional health. Essentially, music therapists will start by assessing a patient. Through the assessment process, the music therapist determines what the patient’s needs or areas of needed improvement are as well as what the patient CAN do. The music therapist then designs musical activities to achieve those non-musical goals through music.