Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Music Therapy?

A: The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as: “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.” Music Therapy is a complimentary therapy used as a vessel to change behavior, promote wellness, alleviate stress, manage pain, express feelings, encourage creativity, improve communication, increase social interaction, and aid in physical rehabilitation.

Q: Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

A: Here are a few populations where Music Therapy has proven effective:

•Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

•Intellectual Disabilities

•Mental Illness

•Substance Abuse

•Alzheimer’s and Dementia


•Hospice patients

•Early Childhood Intervention

•Learning Disabilities

•Special Education Classrooms

•Hospital Units such as PICU, NICU, and Oncology



•Adaptive Music Lessons

•Visually Impaired

Traumatic Brain Injury

Q: What objectives does Music Therapy target?

A: Music Therapists are equipped to assess individuals and groups with all needs. After an assessment, the Music Therapists puts together a treatment protocol and designs goals to address:

•Socialization with Therapist and Peers•Increasing Communication Skills

•Promote Cognitive Functioning

•Nonpharmacological Management of Pain and Discomfort

•Creative Expression•Eye contact, including Tracking and Localizing

•Fine and Gross Motor Movement

•Increasing Attention and Maintaining Focus

•Healthy Emotional Expression

•Decreasing Tactile Defensiveness

•Coping with Auditory Sensitivities

•Sensory Integration

•Self Awareness and Self Actualization

•Memory Recal

l•Awareness of Environment

•Increasing and Promoting Thought Processes

Q: Is Music Therapy covered under Medicare or Medicaid?

A.There are some insurance companies that will reimburse services. This is a topic that I am currently educating myself on. As I research and learn more about how music therapy can be reimbursed in the state of Nevada I will post the information.

Here are some helpful resources about Music Therapy

•The American Music Therapy Association

•The Certification Board for Music Therapists


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