Neurologic Music Therapy (for Adults and Children)
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) incorporates musical structure and the nuances to promote and influence neuroplasticity. This evidence-based practice uses musical interventions to achieve cognitive, sensory and motor goals for those experiencing a neurologic condition. Services are often provided in collaboration with other treating professionals.
Many people can benefit from NMT, including but not limited to, individuals experiencing a brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Motor Goals:
- Use of rhythm and music to facilitate and improve walking,balance, and fluidity of movement.
- Speech and Language Goals:
- Use of music (singing or speech/song phrases) to improve speech.
- Use of music to help in the development of language skills.
- Use of wind instruments for oral motor control and respiratory function.
- Cognitive Goals:
- Use of music-making, singing and instrument playing to assist in decision making, attention, memory, and behaviours
Adapted Music Lessons
Adapted music lessons is exactly what the name suggests – a music lesson where modifications are needed to best suit the client’s special needs. Guitar, basic keyboarding, and early childhood music lessons are available. Lessons will be individualized to client needs and client/family goals.
Music psychotherapy uses musical interactions as a means of nonverbal communication and expression. The aim of therapy is to help individuals develop relationships and address issues that they may find difficulty expressing with words. Music therapy interventions, such as song writing or improvisation, can be used to: explore feelings and self-esteem, positively change emotional states, enhance awareness of self, and develop coping and relaxation skills.
All Music Therapy Programs are based on neuroscience, goal-based, and fun.