Christina Neale, MTA, NMT


What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a powerful tool that can help individuals of all ages with a range of challenges. Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music to assist individuals with developmental delays, autism, ADHD, and emotional or behavioral difficulties. Through activities like singing, playing instruments, and creating music, MTAs aim to improve communication skills, boost self-esteem, reduce anxiety and stress, and help individuals learn to express themselves in healthy and positive ways. Music therapy can be a fun and enjoyable experience and is a valuable part of many treatment plans.

To ensure the highest standards of ethics, musicianship, and education, MTAs must complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy, a 1000-hour clinical internship, and pass the Board-Certification Exam for Music Therapists. During music therapy sessions, MTAs work with individuals to identify specific goals and objectives, and use a variety of musical activities tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. These activities may include singing, playing instruments, or creating music, and may be used to address therapeutic goals such as reducing anxiety or improving social skills. Our MTAs will continuously observe and assess the individual’s progress, adjusting the activities as needed.

Music therapy sessions can be held individually or in small groups, and may be conducted in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, and more. Some potential benefits of music therapy include improved communication and motor skills, decreased isolation, and the reduction of pain perception and symptoms. If you’re interested in learning more about our music therapy services, please click here.