What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy involves a therapeutic relationship established and nurtured through music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs. Music therapy is a non-invasive treatment modality that can benefit patients, family members, friends and caregivers.

Qualified board-certified music therapists have the credential MT-BC and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, have completed undergraduate clinical training and a six-month clinical internship, and have passed a board certification exam.

Hospice Services

Typical music therapy goal areas for clinical practice in end of life care are varied but often include:

  • Validating the individual's life experiences.

  • Exploring spiritual values.

  • Providing pain management and relaxation.

  • Providing non-verbal means of communication and emotional expression

  • Offering a means to resolve past conflicts through reminiscence and life review.

  • Maintaining and strengthening family bonds.

  • Maintaining the client's control as an individual by encouraging choice and decision-making.

Services in hospice music therapy are facilitated through client and therapist interaction and may include:

  • Listening to live and recorded music

  • Playing simple instruments

  • Singing

  • Moving

  • Creating, either through improvisation with the therapist, composing original poetry or musical compositions, or creating visual art through music

Hospice music therapy services are tailored to the needs of your program. Services are one-on-one, referral based and takes place in the home or facility where the patient resides. Contact kim@createmusicllc.com to learn how you can make music therapy a part of your hospice program.

Seniors and assisted living

Music therapy in long term care, memory care and assisted living supports emotional expression, socialization, life review, and increased physical activity. Sessions are group oriented and take place weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Group music therapy sessions may involve:

  • Live music provided by the music therapist on guitar, voice, piano, and percussion, chosen according to residents’ preferences

  • Musical interaction among residents through singing and playing instruments

  • Reminiscence, movement and memory workout through music activity

How is music therapy different from other musical entertainment?

  • Participation: Residents make music and interact with each other rather than simply listening.

  • Adaptability: Music therapy addresses residents at every level of functioning, allowing more people to participate actively.

  • Relationship-building: Residents grow friendships through music and reminiscence and regular participation in music therapy.

  • Success-oriented: While actively participating at their own levels, residents succeed in experiencing something beyond the ordinary, whether that is singing an old favorite or playing a new instrument in a new way.

Contact kim@createmusicllc.com to learn more about weekly, bi-weekly or monthly music therapy groups for your seniors or assisted living facility.