Music Therapy is an established health care profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. It can help to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.
At Banner Health, the goal of our Music Therapy Program is to improve the quality of lives of our patients and their families using various musical techniques.
How Does Music Therapy Work?
A music therapist will assess your emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills. They will then develop a music therapy plan based on those assessments. They are trained to be able to evaluate if the therapy is providing the benefits you need.
Music therapy sessions are designed for individuals and groups based on specific needs and may include:
- Music improvisation
- Receptive music listening
- Lyric discussion
- Music and imagery
- Music performance
- Learning through music
What Are the Benefits of Music Therapy?
Music Therapy has many benefits, some of the most common include:
- Alleviate pain
- Decrease anxiety
- Increase relaxation
- Enhance memory
- Improve communication
- Express feelings
- Increase quality of life
Can Music Therapy Benefit Kids?
Music therapy is often used to help our youngest patients and their families deal with what happens when they get sick and have to be in the hospital.
With kids, the focus of the music is to work on specific goals, which can include:
- Giving kids a chance to express themselves
- Helping to control pain
- Helping their self-esteem
- Helping with communication
- Helping to distract them from things like needle pokes and medicines
- Lowering stress and anxiety
- Making it easier for them to be social, and helping to make the hospital a little more normal
Music therapy is done with kids through activities such as:
- Group activity sessions
- Instrument improvisation
- Instrument teaching
- Music making
- Relaxation with music
- Song singing