Music Therapy

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.” ― Oliver Sacks

Mission

To provide individuals and families with quality music therapy care in order for them to gain their maximum therapeutic needs within a safe and supportive environment.

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is an allied healthcare profession that uses music to address non-musical goals such as physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves both the quality of life for persons who are healthy and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness & manage stress, alleviate pain, enhance memory, express feelings and improve communication.

 

Services Offered

Contracting music therapy services are available for:

  • Music Therapy - Jessica BrizuelaPublic and private schools
  • Early intervention programs
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitative facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Day treatment centers
  • Adult and pediatric nursing facilities
  • Residences for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Community mental health centers and support groups
  • Hospice and wellness programs

We work with individuals ranging in age from birth through adult and serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neurobiological Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health Diagnosis
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cancer & other terminal illnesses
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Language and Communication Delays

Music Therapy - Jessica BrizuelaWhat Music Therapists do

Assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through music responses. Design music sessions for individuals and groups to meet individual treatment goals and objectives using:

  • Music improvisation
  • Receptive music listening
  • Songwriting
  • Lyric discussion
  • Music and imagery
  • Music performance
  • Learning through music
  • Plan, evaluate, and follow up on treatment as a member of an interdisciplinary team

Qualifications expected of a Music Therapist

  • Education: A degree in Music Therapy from an academic program approved by the American Music Therapy Association
  • Internship: Successful completion of a 1,040-hour internship under the supervision of a qualified music therapist
  • Credential: Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), which requires successful completion of comprehensive exam and continuing education credits
  • Skills: Proficiency in piano, voice, and guitar; Knowledgeable in music theory and composition
  • Clinical: Knowledge of special populations; Trained in assessment, treatment planning and evaluation; Fluent in major theories and models of therapy

For more info about music therapy, visit The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) website at http://www.musictherapy.org

Contact

If you’re interested in music therapy services, please contact Jessica with questions or to schedule a meeting.

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