What are some misconceptions about music therapy?

Published by Sara Chigani on: Nov 02, 2021 — Music Therapy

What are some misconceptions about music therapy?

  • That the client or patient has to have some particular music ability to benefit from music therapy -- they do not. In fact we consider motivation and participation as key components for successful outcomes not music abilities.

  • That there is one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest -- this is not the case. All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in a client’s life. As therapists we are trained to use preferred music of the client.

  • That circumstances and need for treatment, and/or the client goals help to determine the types of music a music therapist may use. We are focused on using music that is meaningful to the client.

  • As therapists we are focused on positive outcomes and believe in building a meaningful relationship through successful interactions in music therapy sessions.

For more information on music therapy please visit https://www.musictherapy.org

Gina G. Glidewell, MT-BC


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