Heart Beats Music Therapy
P.O. Box
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-348-9731

 

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Music Therapy Treatment Process

Because music therapists work in a number of different settings, planning and treatment protocols can vary. However, in cases where a music therapist will be working with an individual or group for an extended amount of time, the process is basically the same.

Step 1. Assessments & Evaluations
During the first two or three sessions with a new client or group, the music therapist uses instruments and a basic session design (greeting & closing songs) to collect data. He/she will look at seven skill areas - physical, social, behavioral, cognitive, communicative, creative and musical. After the data has been collected, individual or group goals and objectives are chosen.

Step 2. Sessions
After the goals and objectives are defined, the music therapist meets with the client on a fixed weekly schedule in an agreed upon location. The therapy sessions are individually designed to reach the goals stated and the therapist uses music, instruments, song writing, improvisation and movement to support the client in meeting those goals. Clients become active and central participants in the music making at whatever level they are currently able. After every session, the music therapist takes notes to track the progress of the therapy.

For students who have Music Therapy goals written into their IEPs, formal quarterly progress reports and recommendations are submitted to the treatment team.

Step 3. Re-Assessment
Through the process of tracking a person's or groups progress, the music therapist might re-adjust the goals and objectives either because the first goals have been met or because other more important needs arise. In some cases, where music therapy does not seem to be reaching the desired objectives, a music therapist will recommend ending the treatment. However, music therapy can be used as an on-going therapy for people who respond positively and have on-going needs.

Step 4. Closure
The relationship between the music therapist and his/her clients is a close one, therefore in the best interest of the client, proper closure is very important no matter what the reason for ending the therapy is.

Music Therapy is phased out over a period of at least two closure sessions. During this time, the client is able to safely consider and express their emotional connection to the therapy and to reflect on all the progress they have achieved. This is imperative to the overall theraputic process to decrease feelings of abandonment or to decrease anxiety over work that has been left undone.


 


Heart Beats Music Therapy

We provide music therapy service throughout Western Massachusetts.
Our music therapists are Board Certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.