A child with Autism engages in an activity with his peers after music therapy with a certified music therapist. A woman with severe Alzheimer’s is coherent for two hours after each music therapy session with a certified music therapist, allowing her time to enjoy reminiscing with her daughter and three grandchildren. A man unable to speak due to a severe stroke says “I love you” to his wife again after music therapy with a certified music therapist. These are just a few ways that certified music therapists (MTAs) change the lives of the people with whom they work.
The term “music therapy” often evokes images of someone playing guitar while leading a sing along or listening to recordings with headphones. There are many therapeutic uses for music, however, the role of a certified music therapist is to use music and its elements purposefully to promote, maintain, and develop skills relating to physical, communicative, social, sensory, emotional, and cognitive domains.
Music has amazing effects on the brain, body, and soul. It engages people who otherwise are isolated. It evokes emotions and memories. And, when used purposefully by certified music therapists, music changes lives.
If you are interested in finding a certified music therapist the Music Therapy Association of Ontario can help!