What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the specialized use of music and musical activities to reach a client’s non-musical goals. As an allied health profession, music therapy aims to improve or maintain functioning in areas including: motor, physiological, social/emotional, sensory, communicative, or cognitive functioning. Individuals or groups access music therapy in school, health care, community centre/program and private practice settings.


Who is a Music Therapist?

Music therapists complete a Bachelor or a Master’s Degree in music therapy and a 1000-hour supervised clinical internship. They are accredited through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT).  They abide by the CAMT’s code of ethics, are a member in good standing and maintain a continuing education process.


Who is Music Therapy beneficial for?

Any individual with …

    • Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • mental health needs
    • Alzheimer’s disease/dementias
    • other age-related conditions
    • physical disabilities
    • acute and chronic pain
    • developmental disabilities
    • learning and behavior disorders
    • eating disorders
    • substance abuse problems
    • neurological disorders
    • rehabilitation/gait training


What do Music Therapists do?

Assessment of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities, and communication skills through musical and non-musical assessments.

Treatment Planning involving therapeutic music interventions in order to meet clients (non-musical) goals and objectives.

Implementation of specific music interventions in group and individual sessions.

Evaluation of progress, participate in treatment planning/revisions, evaluations, and follow up.