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What is music therapy?
As defined by the American Music Therapy Association, Music Therapy is the 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.
Music therapy is a health care profession that has the ability to be adapted to numerous settings, populations and goal areas. Board certified music therapists are trained to assess and create goals based on client’s needs. They use music to support, guide and create interventions to work towards their client’s goals.
Who can utilize music therapy?
Nearly everyone can benefit from music therapy. Music therapy is currently serving populations from birth to end of life. Board certified music therapists work in countless settings such as hospital systems (children’s, general, oncology, NICU, etc), mental health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, schools, veterans programs, long term care, hospice, and more. Music therapy is adaptable to each population and client that is served, allowing it to be successful across the lifespan.
Do I have to have music talent, or experience with music in any way to benefit from music therapy services?
Absolutely not! As board certified music therapists, it is our job to create successful interventions based in music. At Rhythmic Heart Music Therapy, we strive to bring success based interventions to our clients, allowing all clients to fully engage and grow in music therapy, regardless of previous music knowledge or ability.
What type of goals can music therapy address?
You name it, a music therapist can likely address it! Here are some examples of goals that music therapists address:
- Communication (verbal and nonverbal)
- Development and support of positive coping strategies
- Motor functions
- Social interaction
- Pain management
- Impulse control
- Emotional Regulation
What does music therapy look like?
Music therapy looks different in every population and session. Our board certified music therapists work to determine your goals and how to address them within our sessions. Here are some examples of how different music therapy can look with a music therapist:
- Using drumming as a form of self-expression
- Lyric analysis or songwriting for emotional connection
- Rhythmic based interventions to address motor skills
- Small group sessions for positive peer interaction
- Building positive coping skills for pain, anxiety and more
What are the payment options for Music Therapy in Idaho?
- Private Pay/ Out of Pocket
- Private Insurance: We are in the process of trying to offer this type of reimbursement as a case by case basis for our services.
- Family Direct & Self Direct Medicaid Waivers: In Idaho, music therapy can be funded through these waivers.
Click here for information from the American Music Therapy Association regarding reimbursement of Music Therapy