What Is Music Therapy?
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Who Benefits?
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Music therapy is the systematic use of music by trained professionals to facilitate the healing and positive personal growth of people with identified developmental, emotional, intellectual, physical, mental, social or spiritual needs.

Who Benefits from

Music Therapy? 



Music Therapy is research-based.  MT may be beneficial for individuals with various impairments and conditions at all ages, from neonates to the elderly. You do not need any music background to benefit from Music Therapy! The only requirement is to have interest in music. However, Music Therapy is NOT a miracle cure-all.


乐治疗能帮生理, 心理, 情绪, 社交, 认知等方面有需者。




Music Therapists may have a wide range of experience with providing interventions for persons with

Link to Fact Sheets (American Music Therapy Association):

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Early intervention

Hearing or Visual Impairments

Learning Disabilities - Attention-Deficit Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Delay, Dyslexia

Medical- Burns, chronic and terminal illnesses, neonates, pain, women in labour

Neurological conditions-dementia including Alzheimer's, dysphasia, motor disturbances, Parkinson's, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury

Orthopedic impairments-Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis

Psychiatric Disorders-Schizophrenia, Anxiety/Mood Disorderes, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

Speech and Language Disorders-aphasia

Syndromic and Chromosomal Disorders-Downs Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Fragile-X, Williams Syndrome

Does Music Therapy Cure?

Music therapy experiences may impact the individual as a whole, but it cannot be guaranteed to make the individual ‘whole’ or cure;  Some conditions may be irreversible.  Music Therapy may be a source of healing or maintenance, and delay deterioration.

What Happens in

Music Therapy?


Individual or group sessions are tailored according to each client’s needs and the individual therapist’s approach after Assessment. Experiences may involve active musical vocal or instrumental improvisation or goal-based activities and tasksProgress is documented and objectives are reviewed.  When goals are achieved, the client and therapist may discuss continuation for a time-frame to address other needs, or termination

How about Music

Skills Training?


Music therapy does not substitute for music lessons.   In the course of music therapy programming, clients may master various musical skills, for example, pitch awareness, rhythmic control or note-reading.   Such skills may be taught but only in the context of successful participation in music experiences, and to achieve pre-determined therapeutic objectives.


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