Frequently Asked Questions

Is musical training required for music therapy sessions?

No, musical training is not required for participating in sessions. It is the music therapist’s job to assist with instrumental playing and facilitate ways to play that anyone can participate in.

How does it work?

The therapeutic process includes a time period of assessment, goal setting and ongoing evaluation. The therapist will formulate a treatment plan that is based solely on the client’s goals, needs and strengths.

Do I need to have my own instruments for sessions?

Instruments for sessions are provided by CMMT and the therapists. If a client has instruments, they are welcome to be used as well.

What is the difference between music therapy and music psychotherapy?

Music therapy offers an approach that differs from others: the use of music as a motivator and a successful way to engage clients. Active music-making and various music activities can be directed towards therapeutic goals targeted towards things such as developmental milestones, communication, social skills, and cognitive skills.
Music psychotherapy is the use of music in counseling. Music can be a wonderful way to access and explore feelings, or a good creative addition to talk therapy. Music psychotherapy is usually facilitated by a music therapist that is a registered psychotherapist (or qualifying).

How long are sessions?

Sessions can be anywhere from 30 minutesĀ on. The timing of the session usually depends on the age and tolerance level of the client. Also, the nature of the goals will help to dictate the length of the session.

Is there any potential way to fund sessions?

Some benefit packages may cover music psychotherapy (registered psychotherapist). There are some developmental programs/funding that may cover as well.