What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a well-established, evidence-based profession in which music is used to accomplish therapeutic and educational goals. Music Therapy is provided by a credentialed music therapist.
For even more information about music therapy, please visit the American Music Therapy Association.
Who can benefit?
Everyone — individuals of all ages and all abilities!
Granite State Music Therapy (GSMT) provides services for early intervention, school aged, adults, and the elderly. Individuals with special needs of all abilities and needs can participate. No skill level or prior music experience is required to participate successfully. Find out more about our music therapy services.
- Music is non invasive, safe, and motivating
- Ability to attend and focus can be improved through music
- Rhythm enhances coordination and enhances motor movement
- Creating music uses executive functions
- Music is a social experience
Goals in Music Therapy
Cognitive, academic, motor, emotional, and social goals are met through a rich musical environment. Musical experiences can include instrument play, singing, improvising, songwriting, lyric analysis, listening, music relaxation, and movement to music.
Music Therapy for Individuals with Autism
Research supports connections between speech and singing, rhythm and motor behavior, memory for song and memory for academic material, and overall ability of preferred music to enhance mood, attention, and behavior to optimize the student’s ability to learn and interact (American Music Therapy Association).
Fact Sheet || Research and Evidence Based Practice
Music Therapy in Special Education
Music Therapy is considered a related service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When music therapy is deemed necessary to assist a child benefit from his/her special education, goals are documented on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as a related service intervention (American Music Therapy Association).
Music Therapy for Young Children
With young children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills (American Music Therapy Association).
Music Therapy & Young Children
Music Therapy in Medical Settings
Music therapy can be used to address patient needs related to respiration, chronic pain, physical rehabilitation, diabetes, headaches, cardiac conditions, surgery, and obstetrics, among others. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those patients resistant to other treatment approaches (American Music Therapy Association).
Music Therapy & Medicine
Music Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease
Music therapy treatment is efficacious and valid with older persons who have functional deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive or social functioning. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those who are resistive to other treatment approaches. (American Music Therapy Association).