What is music therapy?
Music Therapy is an established health care profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
- alleviate pain
- decrease anxiety
- increase relaxation
- enhance memory
- improve communication
- express feelings
- increase quality of life
A board-certified professional music therapist holds a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy from a college or university program approved by the American Music Therapy Association. The music therapist is credentialed by the Certification Board of Music Therapists.
Banner Hospice Music Therapy Program
The Banner Hospice Music Therapy Program provides services to individuals with a terminal illness. Music Therapy is utilized to decrease pain, anxiety, and stress. It is also used to help patients and their families cope with the terminal illness and work toward acceptance and peace. Music Therapy can elevate mood, counteract depression, decrease restlessness and can also be utilized to induce sleep.
Music Therapy is available to patients and their families. The music therapist provides both individual and group sessions to patients in their homes, at in-patient units, and at residential care facilities. The music therapist helps patients and their families plan specific music for funerals and memorial services. Other components of the Music Therapy Program include bereavement services, community outreach, and participating in and providing music activities for the Banner Hospice Children’s Bereavement Camp.
“The music was enjoyable and even if I only remembered a short phrase, it stretches out the day to make it more pleasant and beautiful”. ~ Alice, March 24, 2006
For more information, please contact:
Tammy Reiver, MT-BC
Music Therapy Coordinator