How does music therapy help?
It can benefit people of all ages, abilities and musical backgrounds.
- Enhances expressive and interactive ability
- Cultivates existing or latent abilities and strengths
- Develops coping strategies
- Provides a means of socialization
- Facilitates a process of self-exploration
Although music therapy cannot cure an illness or disability, it works with the part of a person that is well, rather than the part that is ill or disabled.
What happens at a typical music therapy session?
The basis of music therapy is the use of active, improvised music.
Clients will participate in a creative musical process that is a dynamic interplay between client and therapist.
A wide range of instruments and activities may be used as part of the therapeutic process, including:
- percussive instruments (drums, cymbals, etc)
- melodic instruments (piano, xylophone, etc)
LCMS provides Music Therapy for people with conditions such as:
- developmental delays
- autistic spectrum disorders
- emotional stress (e.g. bereavement)
- terminal illness
- learning difficulties
For information about Music Therapy, see the BC Music Therapy Association.