What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy uses music to work towards non-musical goals. It can be used to work towards rehabilitation goals or to address psychosocial needs.

What is Neurologic Music Therapy?

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a specialized area of music therapy requiring advanced training. It is based on a neuroscience model of music perception and production, and the influence of music on the brain. Music-based interventions are used to stimulate a neurologic response, working towards functional, non-musical goals.

Because of music's influence on the brain, NMT interventions use music to work on rehabilitation goals for clients with brain injury or neurologic disorders. The three main goals areas of NMT are: cognition, speech and language, and motor skills.

Is Music Therapy Research Based?

Yes, music therapy is both research and evidenced based.

What are the Professional Qualifications of a Music Therapist?

A Canadian, qualified music therapist has a minimum of a four-year university degree in Music Therapy. This includes studies in psychology, music, and music therapy. They must also meet a specific standard of music performance and improvisation. In addition, a qualified music therapist must complete a 1000- hour internship, after which they receive the status of Music Therapist Accredited (MTA). A music therapist may also have a Masters or Doctoral degree in Music Therapy.

What Client Populations Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

There is a wide range of client populations who can benefit from music therapy. These include, but are not limited to: autism, Alzheimer's and dementia, brain injury, mental health, palliative care, special needs children, and stroke survivors.

Does an Individual Need to Have a Music Background In Order to Receive Music Therapy?

No. Music therapy is not a music lesson, nor a performance by the client. A music background is not required. Music therapy uses music to work towards specific non-musical goals.

If a Client Wants to Learn Music, Can They?

Yes. Therapeutic Music Education © is a specific music therapy intervention. For more information, see Therapeutic Music Education ©, under Brain Injury Tab.

Although Con Brio Music Therapy is Specialized in NMT, Can Others Also Receive Music Therapy?

Yes, inquires are welcome from any individual interested in music therapy and its potential application to their situation. Please see above: What Client Populations Can Benefit from Music Therapy.