What Happens in a Session?
To conduct a music therapy session, the therapist considers the treatment goals, music preferences, abilities, and environment. The session may include the following interventions;
Singing aids in breath control, memory, communication, speech and language development, articulation, self expression (song choice, song writing), release of emotions, and decision making.
Instrument Playing can improve fine and gross motor control including; dexterity, coordination, range of motion, strength, and social skills including participation, communication, interaction, cooperation, learning, behavioural impulses, emotional release, self esteem, and socialization.
Rhythmic Movement and Dancing maintains or improves range of motion, agility, balance, coordination, spatial relationships, breathing, relaxation, endurance, motivation, interest, enjoyment, and socialization.
Improvising expands emotional expression, client- therapist relations, creativity, structure and flexibility, and decision making.
Composing or Song Writing enhances self awareness, cooperation, learning, social skills, sharing ideas, and to aid in the understanding and expression of thoughts, feelings, ideas, and experience.
Listening develops cognitive skills including; attention, memory, and auditory perception. It may aid in social interaction, vocalization, appreciation, enjoyment, relaxation, sensory stimulation, reminiscence, associations, thoughts, images, and feelings.