Music Therapy – FAQs

What is the difference between music therapy and neurologic music therapy?

Neurologic music therapy is an evidence-based approach to music therapy that is based on a neuroscience model of music perception and production; whereas, traditional music therapy techniques incorporate a psychosocial approach. Neurologic music therapists are required to take advanced training after their completed music therapy training and are required to maintain this certification every three years.

What is the typical recovery timeline?

Everyone’s recovery process occurs at different rates and different successes. Neurologic music therapy is not a magic trick and will not instantly cure someone, but it does promote neuroplasticity and will assist in the recovery process. There are multiple contributing factors to one’s success, that being frequency of treatment, duration of session, and client’s engagement. If one is highly motivated to succeed, but can only commit to one or two sessions per month, they may find little success; similarly, if one attends two or three sessions a week but show little motivation during and outside of these sessions, this might translate to similar results.

What does the clinical process look like?

The first encounter between therapist and client is in the form of an assessment, which provides a detailed evaluation of the client in sensorimotor, speech and language, and cognitive abilities. After the assessment, the therapist creates an individualized treatment plan outlining goals and objectives to meet these goals. Every 12 weeks, a review is completed to update the treatment plan, set new goals, and report on the client’s process. A client is typically discharged when they have reached their goals.

Do I have to have prior musical training?

Not at all, but you will have to participate in some musical activity during therapy. Don’t worry, you will not have to do anything you are not comfortable with, but some musical activities can include movement to music, active listening and identifying, and singing.

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