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  • What is Music Therapy? Hi, my name is Ryan Judd, I'm a board certified

  • music therapist and founder of The Rhythm Tree. I get asked the question all the time,

  • well what is music therapy and how can I find a music therapist. So I'm here today to answer

  • that question for you. So music therapy is an established healthcare

  • profession that uses research based interventions to help our clients reach non musical therapeutic

  • goals. Ok, I know that's a mouthful, it's a lot to take in, I'm going to break it down

  • for you and then give you a clear example. So music therapy is an established healthcare

  • profession. It's been around since the 1950s, there are programs all over the world, it's

  • akin to speech therapy or physical therapy or occupational therapy and we use research

  • based interventions. There is some fantastic research going on especially in the field

  • of neurological music therapy and the strategies and techniques we use as music therapists

  • are based on research and that's why they are so effective.

  • And we're helping our clients reach non-musical therapeutic goals. So this is where there's

  • a line drawn between music education and music therapy. Our goal is to not teach our clients

  • to play the guitar play the piano, learn to sing better. We have non-musical goals, so

  • I'm going to give you an example. I specialize in working with children with

  • special needs. So many of these children with autism Down syndrome, they have speech and

  • communication goals. Articulation, stringing words together, greetings and what I do is

  • I custom write songs for my clients, so if a client's working on the S sound, I'll write

  • a song with tons of S words and they get to practice those sounds and those words with

  • lots of repetition without the monotony in a fun exciting musical creative environment.

  • Now music therapists are working with various populations. There are music therapists in

  • the medical hospital setting, working on pain management, anxiety reduction, there's even

  • music assisted childbirth. And there are music therapists in nursing homes, assisted living

  • facilities in residential treatment centers, and the prison system. And music therapists

  • doing psychotherapy. So there are so many applications on music therapy, so many specializations,

  • so therefore the goals will differ quite greatly between different specializations.

  • Now I could talk about music therapy all day long and you might kind of get it, but the

  • best way to get it is to see it in action, and that's why I've dedicated so much time

  • and energy to developing my video blog, where I show you videos of me working with a client

  • and try to teach you a little something about how you can use music, whether you're a musician

  • or not. How can you use music to help children with special needs? I've got a link to the

  • video blog right below. I also have a link to my newsletter, where I can give you more

  • great free stuff, so please check it out, please sign on up.

  • Alright, let me answer the second part of the question, how do I find a music therapist?

  • Well there are two great sites you can check out. There is American Music Therapy Association

  • site and the Certification Board of Music Therapists site. I'll give you the links right

  • below. You can put in your zip code and find all these music therapists in your area and

  • what their specialties are. Thanks so much for watching this video, I

  • hope you found it helpful. Take care.

What is Music Therapy? Hi, my name is Ryan Judd, I'm a board certified

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