Music Therapy is the active experience of music and the relationship developed with a trained therapist that promotes learning, growth, and the achievement of clinical goals. -Key Changes Music Therapy Services, LLC

What Music Therapy Looks Like

Music therapy can help our clients to:

  • express feelings
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication
  • promote physical rehabilitation
  • improve cognitive abilities
  • enhance quality of life
  • promote wellness
  • manage stress
  • alleviate pain

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005).

 

A professional music therapist holds a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from one of over 70 American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved college and university programs. The curriculum for the bachelor’s degree is designed to impart entry level competencies in three main areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations, and music therapy foundations and principles as specified in the AMTA Professional Competencies. In addition to the academic coursework, the bachelor’s degree requires 1200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship. Graduate degrees in Music Therapy focus on advanced clinical practice and research.

Upon completion of the bachelor’s 429402_411841338829208_263892161_ndegree, music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) which is necessary for professional practice. The credential MT-BC is granted by a separate, accredited organization, the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice at the current level of the profession. The purpose of board certification in music therapy is to provide an objective national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups, and individuals.

Treatment is a multi-step process that takes place over a series of sessions. Each step will be described thoroughly before and during it’s occurrence.

Referral: Referrals can be made by a physician, a teacher, counselor, or yourself. However we are found, once you contact us with the desire to have yourself or your loved one benefit from Music Therapy, we’ve begun. You will be asked to fill out an intake form with questions that help us structure the assessment, and to schedule a time for the music therapy assessment.

Assessment: A functional assessment of the clients strengths and needs is performed across multiple in the areas of: communication, academics, motor, music, emotional, sensory, and social. The assessment can include a music therapy session, interviews with caregivers, and consultation with other professionals involved in treatment. After the assessment is complete, results will be reviewed and the non-musical treatment goals and objectives will be set.

Treatment: The music therapist will design music based interventions to target the objectives and goals set during the assessment. These interventions may include: singing, playing instruments, improvisation, song writing and composition, musical games, movement activities, lyric analysis, or adaptive music lessons. During treatment, as objectives are met, music will slowly be decreased to aid in generalization of skills. The music therapist will be willing to work closely with members of the interdisciplinary treatment team to provide comprehensive treatment.

Evaluation: This includes continuous collection of data by the therapist which is reviewed each month. At the end of the treatment period (6 months), the entire period’s progress shall be reviewed and goals and objectives shall be changes or renewed.

The treatment process of each individual is different, and the amount of time involved may vary. A client seen for a longer duration of treatment will have a more formal treatment process as compared to a client being seen only once. Treatment can take place in an individual or group setting.

Being open and willing to work with anyone who could benefit from music therapy is a core value that we kept in mind at Key Changes. Not only does this allow us to provide comprehensive music therapy services to the Midlands, but it also keeps us growing as therapists We have served people with and/or in:

  • AutismOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Identity Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Rehabilitative Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Pre-school and Daycare
  • Dementia
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Substance Abuse
  • Hospice

Throughout the world, music therapists have been found serving children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.