According to the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, “Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.” Music therapists work with groups and/or individual clients. Therapists assess clients to help set goals to meet the clients’ needs. Music interventions within sessions include playing instruments, singing, listening to music, movement to music, improvisation, and songwriting.
Activities are adapted to fit clients’ tastes, but the process remains goal-oriented. Session results are evaluated to gauge progress and to adjust goals where needed.
Please contact the WCM in order to meet with music therapist Judith Newsom.