GuitarA music therapist adds music to a person’s life, through the development of a therapeutic relationship, in a specific and purposeful way in order to effect non-music based change.

Music therapy can be used for purposes of:

             e.g. Music can be used to help a stroke victim regain some language or communication skills, or to help a person with Parkinson’s disease maintain a symmetrical, regular gait.

Skill Development
             e.g. Music can be used to help a child develop gross and fine motor abilities, learn self-care skills, or improve language and communication capabilities.

Behavioural Management Purposes
             e.g. Music therapy can help individuals, their families and communities deal with aggressions, non-compliance and self-abuse behaviours.

Emotional Expression and Resolution
             e.g. When considering a person in palliative care, we may use music to help them express the emotions of the situation, to connect with family members, and to support them through the process of grieving.

Spiritual Support and Comfort
             e.g. Music can be used to promote connectedness, provide access to meaningful activity, support autonomy and provide balance within an individual’s life.

Music therapy does not claim to cure or prolong life in the medical sense, but rather seeks to develop the potential of the individual and to improve quality of life.