WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music and all of its facets: physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual to help clients to improve or maintain their health.
Clients do not have to be musicians to participate in or benefit from music therapy. In fact, because most clients have not had previous musical training, music therapy sessions are for people to appreciate music at their own developmental levels.
Music therapists believe that all individuals, regardless of age or musical background, have a basic capacity for musical expression and appreciation. This basic capacity does not require the special talents or extensive training.. Put another way, the process of human development prepares everyone to be a music-maker and music-lover–at a basic, but not necessarily professional, level. This basic or normal capacity for music includes the potential for learning to: sing, play simple instruments, move and react to music.