The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as "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."
In other words, a music therapist works with clients to improve quality of life by addressing client needs, which can be physical, behavioral, cognitive, or communicative in nature. The goals that a music therapist addresses are NOT musical goals, but the music therapist always uses music as a tool for implementing a treatment plan.The treatment plan is formed following an assessment, in which the music therapist will consult directly with the individual, parent or caregiver, or other health care professional to determine the client's need. During the assessment phase, a music therapist may ask to meet or observe a client in a non-musical setting, review IEPs, or provide an initial music therapy assessment session as needed.
Music therapists work with individuals, families, and small and large groups in a variety of locations. A music therapist may meet clients at home, at school, at a facility, or in their own office or rented space.Facilities where music therapists may work include (but are not limited to), hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation centers, assisted living or skilled nursing facilities, schools, VA clinics, or psychiatric care facilities.
Each team member at Capital City Music Therapy upholds the following qualifications:
• Has earned an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in Music Therapy from an institution approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
• Maintains board-certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA); the same governing body for Occupational Therapy and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.
• Continues professional development through education opportunities such as attending conferences, seminars, and workshops, staying informed on the latest music therapy research, and participating in state-wide advocacy events.
Music therapy sessions can be very different depending on the location, the client's needs, and the client's interests. Music is client-preferred, so the music therapist will learn during the assessment phase what type of music the client enjoys. The music therapist will carefully consider the client's music preference and treatment goals and provides music accordingly.
Of course, there is no better explanation than to observe or experience a music therapy session firsthand! Capital City Music Therapy can plan a one-time trial session so that you may get a better picture of what music therapy would look like.
A music therapist is a healthcare professional, and works for rates comparable to other health care professionals. When building a proposal, Capital City Music Therapy will consider frequency and duration of visits and distance of travel to determine cost.
There are several ways that music therapy can be funded:
• Private pay Paid by the individual through out of pocket costs
• Paid by facility The facility elects to provide music therapy for its clients, patients, students, or residents as one of the specialized services it offers
• Insurance Reimbursement through private insurance companies are considered case by case. Capital City Music Therapy has been approved for reimbursement for some of its clients. We are happy to go through this process on your behalf! Please contact us for more information about insurance reimbursement.
• Grants Music therapy is occasionally funded through grant projects. You may choose to tackle the grant process yourself or you may prefer that Capital City Music Therapy explore possible grant opportunities.