Early Intervention/Infant Developmental Programs

Music therapy can address:

  • Cognitive, physical, and sensory stimulation
  • Motor skills
  • Orientation and mobility (i.e. spatial awareness, confidence to move, gait, direction, and gross & fine motor skills)
  • Social skills
  • Speech, language, and vocal skills
  • Bonding with a parent/guardian

Bereavement Programs

Music therapy can be used to explore some of the following in bereavement:

  • Explore feelings through expression, validation and sharing
  • Explore how family/life has changed after loss
  • Discuss and create coping strategies using music
  • Musical ways of remembering a person
  • Build trust (in the group and others) through a therapeutic relationship

Palliative Care Programs

Music therapy in Palliative Care can provide:

  • Active/passive music-making to express feelings
  • Listening/discussing special songs
  • Life review
  • Relaxation
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease perception of pain

Geriatric Settings

Music therapy can...

  • Provide motivation for physical activity, and distraction from associated pain
  • Facilitate reality orientation and stimulate short and long term recall
  • Facilitate the acquisition and/or maintenance, of cognitive skills
  • Establish and/or maintain social awareness and interaction
  • Facilitate reminiscence, life review, and validation of life experiences
  • Reduce aggressive behaviours and wandering
  • Provide opportunities for self-expression
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Improve circulation and improve muscle strength and tolerance