Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.
Common misconceptions concerning music therapy are that the client or patient has to have some particular musical ability to benefit from music therapy and that there is one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest - neither of these are true. All individuals, no matter their level of musical ability are able to engage in and benefit from music therapy. All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in an individual's life. Individual preferences, circumstances, and the client or patient's goals help to determine the types of music a music therapist may use.
Music Therapy can benefit the following populations and conditions: children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.
Good Grooves Music Lessons and Therapy specializes in the treatment of children and adults with a wide range of diagnoses and/or special needs. With children, music therapy provides an unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills.
Music therapy enhances the quality of life. It involves relationships between a qualiﬁed therapist and the person needing support, between one person and another, between person and family, and between the music and the participants. These relationships are structured and adapted through the elements of music to create a positive environment and set the occasion for successful growth.
Music Therapy is not limited to children with special needs. Typically developing children can also benefit from music therapy as it provides a solid musical foundation from which a child can build upon. It is not only an educational opportunity, but it is also an enjoyable activity that provides structure and purpose in the child’s life. Activities in a music therapy session for the typically developing child might include instrument play and/or instruction (piano, guitar, drums, hand percussion, etc.), educational concepts through music (colors, shapes, counting, etc.), singing/voice instruction, movement to music, sung books/stories, and musical education.
The expert Music Therapists at Good Grooves Music Lessons and Therapy have experience in all the populations listed below and more. Click the PDFs below to learn more about music therapy with each population.