Technology andMusic Therapy Click here for video introduction Prepared by: Alicia Lyn Vorse Holy Family University
Contents Introduction to Music Therapy Recommended Sites • American Music Therapy Association • Jesse’s Foundation for Music and Dance Therapy • Using Music in Therapy • National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations • Lawnwood regional medical center Action Recommendations Conclusion Closing Remarks
Introduction to Music Therapy • I found, while researching music therapy (MT), an old phenomenon that has newly been added to the college curriculum and is continuously shocking researchers. • From helping a child express his feelings to aiding in lessening pain in cancer patients, music therapy is being used in a variety of settings with a variety of ages to treat a vast majority of disorders. • The five sites I am about to review show you how music therapy is useful in almost any scenario.
Recommended Sights • The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) www.musictherapy.org This is the largest professional association which represents over 5,000 music therapists, corporate members and related associations worldwide. Founded in 1998, its mission is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. AMTA sets the education and clinical training standards for music therapists.
Mission and Structure of the AMTA The Mission of the AMTA is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world. They build public awareness of the profession through its website, media articles, research dissemination, and therapist referrals.
Jesse’s Foundation for Music and Dance Therapy http://www.jessesfoundation.com/ Jesse’s Foundation for Music and Dance Therapy is a registered charity that works to make it affordable and convenient for children with identified needs (and their siblings) to access the proven benefits of music and dance therapy. Jesse’s family launched Jesse's Foundation for Music and Dance Therapy, as a way to enrich the lives of others.
I found that this site provides hope for those in need of music therapy and provides others a chance to become part of such a wonderful charity. It also offers opportunities to learn more about music therapy and hear success stories. This site also provides hope for those in need of music therapy and provides others a chance to become part of such a wonderful charity. It also offers opportunities to learn more about music therapy and hear success stories. This site proves that music therapy has been successful in treating those with autism developmental disabilities emotional disturbances and/or victims of emotional, physical or sexual abuse learning disabilities medical needs neurological impairments (including speech) PDD (pervasive developmental disorders) physical disabilities
Using music in therapy http://www.enterthefreudianslip.com/ Matthew J. Bush, MSW, LSW, the founder of this site, is an experienced clinical and state licensed therapist who has successfully applied his techniques to countless children and adolescents in his work. He has worked and performed for children in public and private schools, residential treatment facilities, and the community. Matt has also spoken at statewide conferences, educating colleagues on the power of music as a coping skill.
Specific examples of popular music found on this site which can be useful in therapy with clients experiencing: PhysicalAbuse Addiction Alcoholism Drug Use Anger Management Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD) Behavior Eating Disorders Grief & Loss Self-Esteem Sexual Abuse This site provides some amazing examples of how to be creative while using music therapy and great links to music and games to best use with clients of a particular disorder or issue to help them talk about their feelings and understand the meaning of the therapeutic relationship.
National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations http://www.nccata.org/ This is the site of The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations which was founded in 1979. It is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities. NCCATA represents over 15,000 individual members of six creative arts therapies associations nationwide.
This is an excellent website and organization for all of those involved or interested in creative art therapies. It provides information on gatherings, memberships, links and how CATs are changing the face of therapeutic relationships. It is wonderful to see that so many are interested in bettering someone’s life in a fun, creative and unique way. The creative arts therapies include art therapy dance/movement therapy drama therapy music therapy poetry therapy psychodrama
Lawnwood regional medical center http://lrmcmusictherapy.com/ This is a great site which shows how a hospital is using music therapy for a variety of ages to treat a variety of illnesses, stress and mental conditions due to physical illness. This site really shows the true meaning of music being used for healing.
Action Recommendations My Links • My Website • Internet Address Book • Research Excerpts File • Research Report • Closing Audio Message
Conclusion I found that music therapy is very valuable in the therapeutic as well as the medical world, not only can it help a non-verbal student bring out his/her thoughts and feelings in a unique and non-intrusive manner, it can also help lessen the pain of an ill person or evoke memories in a patient with Alzheimer’s. Music therapy is very complex, and involves knowledge and skill in a variety of areas such as showing empathy, patience, creativity, imagination, openness to new ideas, understanding of oneself and a general love and belief in music.
Closing Remarks I recommend that anyone working in a field dealing with those in need such as parents, counselors, teachers and health care workers to look at music therapy as an important and beneficial part of the healingprocess. No matter what you may be dealing with, music therapy offers a solution. Please visit my recommended sites or links to my previous research for more information