What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical, evidence-based use of music to achieve therapeutic goals. These goals are individualized, functional, and non-musical to each person. Clinical objectives are identified by a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) who has completed an approved music therapy program. As an established allied healthcare profession since 1950, music therapists use clinical interventions to treat a client’s physical, cognitive, communication, social, and emotional needs.

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Music therapy is process-oriented rather than performance-based. Goals improve the quality of life of clients, rather than quality of music performance or aesthetics. Individuals actively participate in musical interventions to achieve functional therapeutic outcomes. Individuals do not need to have any prior musical abilities or experience in order to benefit. For more information, see Who Benefits from Music Therapy?

Investing in your loved one’s therapy helps them achieve the best possible functioning level and quality of life. Your support is invaluable.

Research demonstrates that music therapy is cost-effective. Studies show that music therapy may increase white blood cell count which helps to fight disease. Medication use and length of hospital stays are reduced. Research also suggests that it optimizes the brain, causing more efficient and productive progress toward therapeutic goals.

Music therapy being offered during our Pilot Project in collaboration with Quail Park's senior memory care residents.

Music therapy being offered at Quail Park of Lynnwood Memory Care.

"I believe this program to be an incredibly innovative intervention with persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. I believe that this program absolutely has the potential to decrease the use of medications in some of our residents.

"I have witnessed firsthand with the use of each residents personalized music play lists at times of heightened anxiety, tearfulness, even combative behavior that we are able to decrease."

− Christine Browne (Tribute Program Life Enhancement Director at Quail Park of Lynnwood)

Neurologic Music Therapy

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic use of music to address the cognitive, speech/language, and sensorimotor function of individuals with neurological diseases or disorders. NMT treatment techniques are based on a neuroscience model and the influence of music on functional changes in the brain and behavior. For more information on the science behind the music, see Music Therapy Science.

Neurologic Music Therapists have completed advanced training on the use of music therapy to address cognitive, speech/language, and sensorimotor needs. Treatment techniques are research-based and adaptable to our clients’ needs.

For more information about music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association.