Whether you are looking for a music therapist to help in your rehabilitation after an illness or injury, to support your loved one living with dementia, or you know a group of seniors ready to engage in structured music experiences, Senior Sing A-long is here for you!
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is the structured use of music to accomplish non-musical goals. Music therapy is provided by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved college program, an internship, and passed the national examination, becoming a "music therapist - board certified" or MT-BC. A music therapist assesses each client's needs and goals before designing, implementing, and evaluating music interventions that meet those needs and goals.
Music therapy can provide opportunities for:
- Memory recall
- Social interaction
- Feelings of comfort and recognition
- Feelings of success through musical interaction
- Positive mood change
- Stress & anxiety reduction
What do Music Therapy services look like from Senior Sing A-long?
We offer these services:
- Individual music therapy sessions
- One on one sessions structured around the individual client's goals. A motivating and personal experience in which the therapist provides assessment, treatment, and documented reports of progress.
- Group music therapy sessions
- A small, closed group of individuals (6-8) working toward specific goals assessed by the therapist. A fun, motivating, and musical experience that can promote socialization and engagement along with personal goals. The therapist provides assessment, treatment, and documented reports of progress.
- Music activity groups
- Open to larger groups, these groups promote engagement and socialization through music experiences. The therapist provides engaging experiences based in music therapy concepts, however these groups are more flexible in nature and do not include music therapy treatment and documentation.
Research shows that:
- Music therapy reduces depression among older adults
- Music experiences can be structured to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills and to decrease problem behaviors
- Music is effective in decreasing the frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviors for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
- Individuals in the late stages of dementia respond to and interact with music
For more information, visit the American Music Therapy Association website: www.musictherapy.org