InTandem Music Therapy offers both music and music therapy services to children, youth, and adults in the Metro Vancouver area. Our music therapy services make up a large part of our offerings. Music therapy uses music to address a variety of communicative, emotional, expressive, physical, and social goals. Adaptive music lessons can support the development of a new instrument in a positive and encouraging environment. As of July 2022, sessions will be taking place in Port Moody, at IU Music Therapy.
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What is Music Therapy?
It’s common for many clients to be curious about music therapy! Here, we share a bit about what music therapy really is, and what it takes to become a music therapist.
The Canadian Association of Music Therapy defines music therapy as “a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.“
The Importance of the MTA credential
To be a certified music therapist (MTA), a therapist must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy, a 1000-hour clinical internship, and have passed the Board-Certification Exam for Music Therapists. This ensures that a music therapist is held to a high standard of ethics, musicianship, and education so that they can best support the well-being of their clients.
A music therapist will work with each individual to identify goals and objectives. Some examples of potential session benefits include:
- Opportunities to express and communicate safely
- Improved fine & gross motor control
- Strengthened engagement skills
- Decreased isolation
- Psychosocial rehabilitation
- Greater availability of coping strategies
- Reduced pain-perception and symptom management
- Sensory regulation
- Improved speech
Where do music therapists work?
Music therapists can work in a variety of settings, such as:
- Long-term care facilities
- Correctional facilities
- Community programs
- Private Practice
- In-home visits
- Rehabilitation centres
- Substance use and addictions centres