Music Therapy

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.”

-American Music Therapy Association

Frequently Asked Questions About Music Therapy through Notre Dame Health Care and Notre Dame At Home:

My loved one never played an instrument, can they still benefit from music therapy?

Yes: Anyone who enjoys music can benefit from music therapy. An assessment is conducted to determine appropriateness of the service. Music therapy is not always for everyone.

Is music therapy used as a source of entertainment?

Yes and No: Entertainment is a part of the service but music therapy has the potential to offer so much more. We use entertainment to engage people so they can benefit from the other goals that music therapists provide.

How is music chosen for therapy?

Sometimes the music therapist will choose music that will facilitate expression, increased mood or relaxation but is always careful to keep the patient’s and family’s needs and feelings in mind, as well as all of the following:

  • Patient’s age
  • Patient’s cultural background
  • Patient’s religious beliefs
  • General music preferences
  • Patient or family requests

If you would like additional information about music therapy through Notre Dame Health Care and Notre Dame At Home, please call us at 508-852-5800.

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