The ultimate goal of Music Therapy is to help clients achieve their full potential and enhance their quality of life.
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as a clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
According to neuroscience research, music therapy has been shown to support clients’ ability to regulate their emotions and to decrease negative affect and depressive symptoms. These changes can be seen through brain scans of individuals who participated in music therapy sessions.
In addition, neuroscience research has shown that music therapy supports learning through a double encoding process, where information is processed both verbally and musically. This strengthens the memory trace during learning.
Whether the goal is to reduce stress and anxiety, regulate emotions, improve communication skills, or increase ability to self-express, this modality of therapy has been proven to increase efficacy of therapy, whether used alone or as a complement to other therapeutic modalities.
At Get In Tune, we teach clients how to learn, grow and express themselves through their connection to music. We teach them how to use the songs they are listening to to identify their emotions, feel those emotions and then create something that will help them to personalize their story and be able to express what is going on inside to someone else. We teach them how to actively use music in their recovery. So whether they are in a music therapy group or a one to one session they will have experienced music with someone else and experienced expressing themselves with that person.
Inclusivity is important for our sessions, which is why we touch on all the learning styles in our music therapy sessions: kinesthetic, aural, reading/writing, and visual. We ensure that each week is a different experience so that each learner can experience how to engage in music in a way that works for them best. We do this through using music listening, song writing, music-assisted creative arts, music-assisted meditation, and active music making.
Through music therapy, clients learn they can feel uncomfortable, apply a coping skill, and then be able to better express themselves.