Music therapy is an evidence-based approach to treatment for people of all ages including infants; children; people with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities; neurodiverse individuals; and seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Learning music can start by choosing your favorite songs, then setting goals to fit with your schedule and skill level. Music therapists are classically trained musicians who's clinical skills help people feel successful right away.
Since infants and children are especially motivated by music, music therapists use activities like singing, drumming, scarves, books, and movement to target developmental milestones.
Music therapy also has a unique effect on speech and language centers of the brain. Click here to learn how music therapy directly addresses communication goals.
Life On Music strongly believes in an neurodiversity-affirming approach to music therapy. Music therapy supports autistic people by using familiar activities like singing, dancing, drumming, and instrument playing to address social, emotional, developmental, and communication goals.
By using familiar singing, movement, and instrument playing, music therapy gives seniors the opportunity to maintain the skills required for daily living. Music therapists are specially trained to work with seniors, including people with Alzheimer's and dementia, in group and one-on-one settings.
Music therapy is different from other therapies because music connects almost every area of the brain. This means life skills learned in music therapy are achieved faster and are maintained outside the session.
Rhythm, melody, and repetition have a profound impact on attention and mood. Music therapists increase resilience by facilitating interventions to label feelings, work through frustration, and regulate emotions.
Combined with board-certified music therapists' training, music interventions allow participants to feel at-ease and emotionally regulated, which is the best opportunity to practice and build on life skills.