About Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy? 

Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music as a therapeutic means to address cognitive, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs. 

Music therapy is delivered by an accredited music therapist with the goal of improving quality of life for those who are well and to meet the needs of those living with disabilities or illnesses.

What does a music therapist do? 

A music therapist's clinical work involves delivering an assessment of the client through medical or educational records, speaking with family or guardians, and observing client responses to music. The therapist then creates a treatment program that is specific to the client's needs and responses. After implementing the program for a period of time, the therapist must then evaluate whether the treatment program is effectively moving the client toward reaching their clinical goals and objectives. The treatment program may be modified or changed at this point if needed. The treatment program ends when the client has met their specific goals, they are discharged from an institution, or music therapy is no longer of benefit to the client.  

For a complete description of clinical music therapy click here to visit the Canadian Association for Music Therapy / Association de musicothérapie du Canada

Who is music therapy for? 

Music therapy is for everyone. It has been proven in institutional, community and private practice settings to enhance the well-being of multiple populations.

  • Acquired Brain Injury  
  • Autism and other Pervasive Development Disabilities
  • Critical Care
  • Developmental Disabilities 
  • Emotional Traumas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology 
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Substance Abuse
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Visual Impairments
  • Youth at Risk                           


Interventions can be designed to: 

Promote wellness                                       Improve socialization

Manage stress                                            Improve communication 

Alleviate pain                                              Improve quality of life 

Express feelings                                         Promote physical rehabilitation

Enhance memory                                       Support early childhood development  

Enhance academic learning