Music Therapy does not offer a magical solution or cure, nor does it have any mystical powers. Music Therapy is not necessarily about learning to play an instrument, although this may be used as a secondary goal to enhance physical or cognitive skills. Music Therapy is a means by which music can be used creatively by an accredited Music Therapist to work clinically toward specific goals of treatment. As music making is entrancingly rewarding and cathartic, the music itself becomes the motivator through which progress occurs.This dynamic and interactive process of Music Therapy has a fervent ability to motivate positive change »
Based on a thorough assessment process Individual music therapy treatment can tailor an accurate clinical treatment plan and goals specific to individual client needs. Positive clinical results are achieved more rapidly when a diagnosis or disorder such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD¬) or Downs Syndrome are precisely targeted and strengthened through a customized clinical approach. Individual treatment has the added advantage of flexibility in terms of treatment direction and approach. Individual therapy also encourages an essential cross-disciplinary team approach with other professionals.
Group music therapy sessions share some similarities with individual treatment. There are some important differences to be aware of. Ideally group Music Therapy programs are established to address specific populations of similar clientele it is not necessary to conduct a detailed written assessment for each individual client. Individual goals of treatment are always considered important but must come secondary to the shared aims of treatment of the group.Group music therapy provides a more cost effective option of treatment »