Music is more than just the thing we listen to in the car or while we clean the house. It is something that can connect with the deepest parts of every one of us. Music therapy is a clinical, evidence-based treatment modality that capitalizes on this unique capacity for connection to promote communication and positive change in people’s lives.
Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?
Music therapy can help people of all ages in a variety of situations. Research has shown music therapy to be effective for people (from pre-born infants to the elderly) with mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety, physical disability, chronic pain, dementia, traumatic brain injury, intellectual or developmental disability, and addiction. It has also been shown to support parent/child bonding and can promote healthy development for pre-term infants.
What constitutes as a qualified music therapist?
In Ireland, a qualified music therapist must have completed an accredited music therapy program at a college or university and be registered with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.
What’s the evidence?
See the resources section for links to more information and current research. You can also check out the blog for posts about specific music therapy topics.
Here are a couple to get you started.