What is music therapy?

Music is an integral part of human culture all around the world and plays an important role in developing identity. It is a powerful medium in which we can communicate and express ourselves. The music therapist uses qualities of music such as rhythm, pitch, and form to support all individuals regardless of age, gender, and ability.  

Everyone has the ability to respond to music and everyone is able to develop their own relationship with music. The use of musical instruments allows individuals to engage, explore, and develop their own unique sounds. 

The therapeutic relationship between the client and music therapist is an integral part in developing meaningful musical interactions. Music therapy enhances and supports the development of communication skills, self-confidence and self-awareness, and attention and memory.


Neurologic Music Therapy

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, language, or motor dysfunction due to neurologic injury or disease. It is an evidenced-based approach to music therapy based on the neuroscience model of music perception and the influence of music on non-musical brain and behaviour functions.

Neurologic Music Therapy uses standardized therapeutic music interventions which are adaptable to the needs of the client. The 3 goal areas in which NMTs focus on are:

  1. Sensorimotor

  2. Speech and Language

  3. Cognition

Not in the Oakville area? Find your local Neurologic Music Therapist by visiting The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy


Who can benefit?

Music therapy can benefit many people regardless of musical ability. By experiencing meaningful creativity through music, it can support but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Attention and memory

  • Behavioural management

  • Communication skills

  • Emotional regulation

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Pain management

  • Relaxation

  • Self-esteem

  • Speech and language skills

  • Stress management

  • Transitions