Music Therapy is the art and science of using music to promote health. It is the unique relationship that we create with our clients and they with each other and so what music therapy is and what it becomes is constantly evolving depending on the person, the situation, and the moment.” ~ She.Lee.Music

The Canadian Association for Music Therapy / Association de Musicothérapie du Canada (Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 6, 1994 ) says:

“Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.”

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

Individuals of all ages and abilities can benefit from Music Therapy. Some goal areas include but are not limited to:

  • Emotional
  • Psychosocial
  • Mental Health
  • Cognition (e.g. Attention, Memory, Processing)
  • Motor Skills (Fine motor and Gross motor)
  • Socialization (e.g. Turn taking, Awareness of Others, Sharing)
  • Speech / Communication / Language
  • Self-Expression (Non-verbal and Verbal)
  • Spiritual Well-being

Examples of areas that music therapy can benefit:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Corrections and Forensic
  • Deaf / Hard of Hearing
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal Care
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Oncology
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Substance Misuse
  • Survivors of Trauma / Abuse
  • Visual Impairments
  • Youth At-Risk


“Music is the place we meet,” Ruth Roberts, MMT, MTA, Music Therapist