Clients don't need any prior experience playing music or singing to fully benefit from music therapy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Sessions generally take place once a week and last between 30 and 45 minutes.
Music psychotherapy has been shown to be clinically effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia in areas such as:
- Life transitions
- Memory retention
- Emotional expression
- Cognitive ability
- Active involvement
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Building and sustaining of personal relationships
- Depression/ Anxiety
- Grief and loss
Many different techniques can be used depending on the needs and strengths of the client. Instrumental improvisation can help the client communicate non-verbally, when words are not the best tool. Improvisational song writing can be used to create a framework for mirroring and supporting emotional states.
Using words and stories of a client and weaving them into a song can help to validate and transform the client's experiences. Singing familiar songs can provide a catalyst for intellectually and emotionally stimulating discussions.