What is North Austin Music Therapy?
North Austin Music Therapy is an independently owned and operated company dedicated to providing the highest quality of music therapy services to Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, and surrounding communities. Working with both individuals and groups with varying needs and abilities, North Austin Music Therapy currently sees clients in residential and community settings and works with all ages, from young children to seniors. North Austin Music Therapy seeks to expand possibilities for those living with functional limitations through the power of music.
What Is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is an evidence-based and goal-directed process that uses music to address non-musical needs and improve functioning in such areas as cognition, communication, motor skills, social skills, and mental and emotional health. Music therapists use an assessment process to determine a patient's needs or areas of needed improvement, in addition to identifying a patient's strengths. The music therapist then develops specific musical interventions to achieve those non-musical goals through active engagement in music.
Why Music Therapy?
Music therapy offers a unique approach to treatment as music stimulates all areas of the brain simultaneously. Music's effect on the brain helps to prompt engagement and higher attention to task, provides important cues for cognitive exercises and memory recall, and also helps to regulate movement and motor function. Music-based interventions are easily adaptable and since they allow for personal preference, they often feel less clinical, are very enjoyable, and subsequently can be highly motivational. The emotional component of music allows therapists to connect with clients and reach them on a personal level, making it an ideal approach. Additionally, as research continues to be done on the many applications of music therapy, it continues to support the use of music to treat non-musical needs.
Who is Qualified to Provide Music Therapy Services?
Any individual with the nationally-recognized credential, MT-BC, is qualified to provide music therapy services. MT-BC stands for "Music Therapist, Board-Certified." In order to become credentialed, music therapists complete an approved four year college degree program followed by a six to nine month internship at an approved site. Music Therapists must pass the board exam and need to be re-certified every five years.
What Goals are Addressed in Music Therapy Sessions?
Music therapists address a variety of goal areas through music-based interventions in each session. Goal areas and specific objectives vary and are based on an assessment of the client's needs, abilities, and preferences. Goal areas include expressive and receptive communication, verbal and non-verbal communication, cognitive, academic, and pre-academic skills, attention and joint attention skills, fine and gross motor skills, self-expression, and emotional understanding and well-being.
Where can I find out more about Music Therapy?
Feel free to contact North Austin Music Therapy directly for more information about the benefits of music therapy and how music therapy could specifically benefit you or your child. You can also check out the American Music Therapy Association for additional information and resources relating to the field of music therapy.
How do I know if Music Therapy is the right choice for me or my child?
North Austin Music Therapy offers a free consultation to help you determine if pursuing music therapy services is the right choice. Consultations are a chance to meet with a therapist in person to discuss your goals and preferences and also to allow your child a chance to engage in a few musical interventions, before a formal assessment is started. Consultations are a great way to get a first hand experience of the benefits of music therapy and to determine if it is a good fit for you and/or your child. You can contact North Austin Music Therapy anytime to schedule a free consultation.