So…What is Music Therapy? Part 2

Music Therapy or Not Music Therapy – that is the question!

As March comes to an end, I have to thank several people and outlets that have let me share about music therapy. One of those people is Sheri Tomchick and The A Dot Team. Thank you!

There are new outlets that are recognizing Music therapy Month at a national level. This is the first year that Health Canada’s Calendar for Health Promotion Days recognizes March as Music Therapy Month. Go see for yourself:

I hope you enjoyed the past blog on the different elements of music therapy. Today, I would like to share what is music therapy and what is not music therapy.

Accredited Music Therapists are trained healthcare professionals like Registered Nurses, Registered Social Workers and Registered Physiotherapists. We are educated at a University level by majoring in Music Therapy at a Bachelor’s or Masters Level. This education provides us with the skills to develop music therapy sessions to work with:

  • Older adults to lessen the effects of Dementia.
  • Children and adults to reduce Asthma episodes.
  • Hospitalized patients to reduce pain.
  • Children who have Autism to improve communication capabilities.
  • Premature infants to improve sleep patterns and increase weight gain.
  • People who have Parkinson’s disease to improve motor function.

There are several ways music can be used therapeutically in many different settings.  (And I highly recommend the use of any of these approaches in the appropriate setting.) These examples of therapeutic music are very useful, but are not clinical music therapy:

  • A person with Alzheimer’s listening to an iPod with headphones of his/her favorite songs.
  • Groups such as Bedside Musicians, Musicians on Call, Music Practitioners, and Sound Healers
  • Celebrities performing at hospitals and/or schools
  • A piano player in the lobby of a hospital or nursing home.
  • Nurses playing background music for patients
  • Artists in residence
  • Arts educators
  • A choir singing on the pediatric floor of a hospital
  • From Kimberly Sena Moore, Ph.D., MT-BC, Music Therapy Maven

It is important to make sure an Accredited Music Therapist is involved if you are participating in ‘music therapy’. To find an Accredited Music Therapist near you, please check out:


I welcome you, the reader, to contact me if you wish to learn more about music therapy or Kadence Music Therapy. Please connect with me online:

Facebook: Kadence Music Therapy
Twitter: @kadencemt

It has been a pleasure blogging for The A Dot.


Kylie Klym RP, MTA


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