Music therapists use different kinds of musical experiences to help clients meet therapeutic goals, such as improving physical coordination, expressing emotions, and handling stress.
As the music therapist accompanies on the piano, a child with a physical disability plays the xylophone and standing drum to improve arm mobility (motor skills goal)
An adolescent recovering from surgery writes songs with the music therapist to express his experience of illness (emotional expression goal)
An adult with cancer engages in a music-centered relaxation experience while undergoing chemotherapy, to help reduce anxiety (emotional regulation goal)
If you are not familiar with music therapy and want to learn more about the field, there are several things you can do:
Come to campus, observe a class and meet with faculty.
Nothing beats coming to campus, meeting with faculty, and observing a music therapy class. Contact Dr. Eyre to arrange a campus visit (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read music therapy books and articles.
Here are some examples:
Meadows, A. (Ed.) (2011). Developments in Music Therapy Practice: Case study Perspectives. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
Bruscia, K. (Ed.). (1991). Case Studies in Music Therapy. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.
You can also download a suggested reading list.
Visit a music therapist and observe a session.
Contact Dr. Meadows (email@example.com) and ask for contacts to observe a session. He will help you find a music therapist in your area.
Other music therapy resources.