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Music therapy methods

Music experiences are chosen, adapted, and directed by the music therapist to address the individual client’s needs and ability levels. Since the central feature of music therapy is the music, many different types of music experiences are integrated into music therapy sessions.

Some music experiences may include:

Listening to live or recorded music

Learning music-assisted relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing

Singing of familiar songs with live or recorded accompaniment

Playing instruments, such as hand percussion

Improvising music on instruments or voice

Writing song lyrics

Writing the music for new songs

Learning to play an instrument, such as piano or guitar

Creating art with music

Dancing or moving to live or recorded music

Writing choreography for music

Discussing one’s emotional reaction or meaning attached to a particular song or improvisation