Benefits of Music Therapy with Children & Youth

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There are many approaches in facilitating development and learning goals within the education system.  Did you know that Accredited Music Therapists (MTAs) can working alongside a child’s school academic programs to enhance their learning goals/objectives or with other therapist’s (such as Speech Therapists or Occupational Therapists) treatment plans? 

If you’re not aware, music therapy is the study and practice of how much affects people.  Individuals do not require musical ability but instead it’s a process of making, being affected by, and responding to music to address individual specific goals.  MTA’s use music intentionally and purposefully in a group or individual setting to help individuals promote, maintain, and restore physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health and wellness. 

Some areas of focus in music therapy for children and youth could include:

  1. Physical: Music therapy can improve fine and gross motor skills, balance, mobility and coordination of movement.
  2. Social: Music therapy can develop verbal and non-verbal communication, self expression, and promote social interaction and group cohesion.
  3. Mental: Music therapy can promote sensory integration, increase attention span, and facilitate learning of academic concepts.
  4. Emotional/ Spiritual: Music therapy can increase positive affect, promote behavioural skills, and improve self confidence and self esteem.

Why does music work for learning?  Check out JB Music Therapy’s blog post sharing “Five Ways Music Helps Us Learn”

In addition, an MTA can provide education sessions to teachers who are wanting to integrate music in the classroom.  MTA’s can provide tools/ resources and support teachers in knowing:

  1. How to create meaningful and intentional music or therapeutic music programs.
  2. How to adapt music techniques and strategies according to the various needs in the classroom.  Some areas of need could include: ADD, ADHD, Autism, developmental delays, non-verbal/ limited communication, and mental health.
  3. How to safely and ethical integrate music in the classroom.

Contact Find Your Voice Music Therapy, or an MTA in your area, for more information.  We provide mobile services in our Kingston, ON and Halifax, NS communities facilitating music therapy sessions during school hours and after school in the comfort of your home.

1-800-827-3120 ext. 101