What is a Music Therapist?
A music therapist is a person specifically trained in using music to assist or motivate patients to complete goals related to their hospitalization.
Music Therapists use music to:
- Help patients cope with illness and hospitalization
- Distract patients from pain
- Provide developmental stimulation
- Provide sensory stimulation
- Promote relaxation
- Promote normalization
- Enhance the rehabilitation process
- Increase emotional expression
- Provide family/caregiver education
- Decrease stress and anxiety
Music Therapists are here to help patients make changes in mental, physical, social, emotional, and communication skills.
Interested in an Internship?
As a member of the treatment team, music therapists are trained to use interactive music making, music & movement, improvisation, music listening, singing, song writing, lyric discussion, music & imagery, music performance, and learning through music. Usually, this occurs in an individual setting and can be at the patient’s bedside, in the intensive care units, or clinic areas. Sometimes a music therapist will join other services (such as physical, occupational, or speech therapies) and together they work towards the patient’s goals.
A music therapist is trained at the bachelor or master’s level in music therapy. They have also completed a 1,040 hour internship and passed a board certification exam. If you are a music therapy student and are looking for information about our music therapy internship program please see the information and an application at the following links:
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