Music Therapists

How can music therapists help?

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by a certified music therapist (MTA – Music Therapist Accredited) to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health for persons of all ages, abilities and musical backgrounds. Music therapy programs can occur in group, family or individual settings.

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• Promote wellness
• Manage stress
• Alleviate pain
• Enhance memory
• Improve communication
• Provide unique opportunities for interaction
• Provide physical and emotional stimulation
• Promote emotional expression
• Alleviate depression
• Develop talents and/or musical skills

Who can participate?

• Any age
• Any ability
• No musical experience is necessary

Why is it effective?

• Music is accessible to everyone
• Residents can engage in their own way – passive listening to active participation
• Music therapy addresses specific goals
• Can be individualized to each individual

Certified music therapists assess the strengths and needs of each individual, develop a treatment plan with goals and objectives, and then provide the indicated treatment. Music therapists structure the use of both instrumental and vocal music strategies to improve functioning or facilitate changes that contribute to quality of life. They may improvise or compose music with individuals, accompany and conduct group music experiences, provide instrument instruction, direct music and movement activities, or structure music listening opportunities. Music therapists are members of an interdisciplinary health-care team.

How to make a music therapy referral

Upon admission to an Eastern Health facility a referral for the provision of music therapy services can be completed.

Referrals to music therapy can be submitted by the resident, family members, nursing, allied health clinician, physicians or other Eastern Health clinicians. Completed referrals are to be forwarded to music therapy services at the appropriate site.

Who is qualified as a music therapist?

An individual must be a certified music therapist (MTA) or in the process of becoming accredited in accordance with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT). Individuals must continue to be a CAMT member in good standing, maintaining yearly membership and CAMT credentials every five years through CAMT continuing education process.

How to contact a music therapist:

Pleasant View Towers: 709-752-6640
Saint Luke’s Homes: 709-752-8912
St. Patrick’s Mercy Home: 709-752-8737

Music therapy is not available at all long-term care sites.

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