What is music therapy?
Music Therapy is the prescribed use of music and music related strategies, by a board certified music therapist (MT-BC), to assist or motivate a person towards specific, non-musical goals. Music therapists use their training as musicians, clinicians, and researchers to effect changes in cognitive, physical, communication, social, and emotional skills. Music therapists are trained to work in both individual and group client contact.
In Harmony Music Therapy of Middle Tennessee engages children and adults through active music making to enhance and strengthen their positive self worth. Music is used to facilitate personal growth through an enjoyable therapeutic outlet.
Individual Music Therapy Services
Individual music therapy services addresses care through active and supportive music making including understanding of neurodiversity of learning styles and cognition. Music therapy can address and enhance communication/language, motor, sensory, behavior, cognitive and social -emotional skills.
Both in person and telehealth appointments are accepted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-390-3207 if you have any questions and to schedule an appointment. Main therapy office is located in Blakemore United Methodist Church at 3601 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205.
Services Provided by In Harmony Music Therapy
- Individual private music therapy for children ages birth to 21 years who have special needs including developmental delays, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other medical conditions that effect development, cognition, and behavior. Music therapy is specific to increase the non-musical goals of the individual’s physical, social, emotional, and communication needs. Infants, children, and teenagers can benefit from music therapy tailored towards their needs and abilities.
- Music Together within Therapy for Early Intervention: Music Therapy for young children and their caregivers using Music Together® recordings, songbooks, and other materials designed for clinical use. This unique approaches helps foster bonding and communication between children and their parents / caregiver. Appropriate for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children through 9 years with developmental delays and/or other medical diagnosis such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Angelman Syndrome. Individual Therapy Sessions available by appointment.
- Educational Assessments for the use of music to increase educational skills and goals, especially to support other therapy goals (speech, occupational and physical therapy). Educational Assessments and reports are to support requests for the benefit of music therapy within a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Consultative services with health care and rehabilitative providers. In-service presentations on therapeutic benefit of music are available through In Harmony Music of Middle Tennessee.
- Wellness services for adults for personal enjoyment, good mental health and restorative self care. Services include relaxation techniques, mindful meditation, drumming, active music making, song analysis, and singing.
- Elder Care Music therapy treatment is efficacious and valid with older persons who have deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive or social functioning. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy for older adults. Specialties include Parkinson’s Disease, Complications related to Stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other dementia / neurologic diagnosis. Music is a form of sensory stimulation, which provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security associated with it. Individual Therapy Sessions availability by appointment. Group services are available for contract for agencies seeking music therapy in their facility. Individual, private music therapy is available.
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Common Goals targeted within Music Therapy
Goals can include, but not limited to:
- To increase attention to task
- To increase social skills through maintaining eye contact, asking for help, making requests and taking turns
- To increase verbal skills
- To increase physical skills including large and small motor movement.
- To increase positive behaviors and listening skills
- To learn and process social-emotional skills
- To process emotional trauma
- To learn positive coping skills
- To reinforce parent and child bonding in infancy
- To increase or support preserved memories
- To promote wellness and personal insight
- To learn and/or enjoy a musical leisure skill
The mission of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is to define the body of knowledge that represents competent practice in the profession of music therapy; to create and administer a program to evaluate initial and continuing competence of this knowledge; to issue the credential of MT-BC to individuals that demonstrate the required level of competence; and to promote music therapy certification.
To find out more about music therapy certification go to www.cbmt.org
ATTENTION: During the months of July and August friends of In Harmony Music of Middle Tennessee can make a donation towards scholarships for children and youth who lack resources to have access to services. You can find out more at the In Harmony Music GoFund Me Campaign page. Thank you!
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