FAQ about Music Therapy
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is a well-established allied health profession, which uses clinical music interventions to help clients achieve non-musical, individualized, therapeutic goals.
The Amercian Music Therapy Association explains it this way:
...Clinical music therapy is the only professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music for health treatment and educational goals. Below are a few important facts about music therapy and the credentialed music therapists who practice it:
- Music therapists must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy... including 1200 hours of clinical training...
- Music Therapy is an evidence-based health profession with a strong research foundation.
- Music Therapy degrees require knowledge in psychology, medicine, and music.
...Here are examples what music therapists do:
- Work with Congresswoman Giffords to regain her speech after surviving a bullet wound to her brain.
- Work with older adults to lessen the effects of dementia.
- Work with children and adults to reduce asthma episodes.
- Work with hospitalized patients to reduce pain.
- Work with children who have autism to improve communication capabilities.
- Work with premature infants to improve sleep patterns and increase weight gain.
- Work with people who have Parkinson’s disease to improve motor function.
Is Counterpoint Music Therapy “accredited” or something?
The regulating board in Canada is called the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) and they require all of their members to have undergraduate or graduate level training, 1200 clinical training hours, and to have completed ethics training and testing. Make sure your music therapist is accredited or is in the process of being accredited. Landon Coleman is accredited with the CAMT.
Will my child’s music therapy sessions be covered by my insurance or OHIP?
Unfortunately, not in Canada. If, however, a medical professional recommends music therapy and your child has a Disiability Certificate, music therapy can be deducted from your taxes as a medical expenses. Please ask your pediatrician to contact Counterpoint Music Therapy with any questions.
In the United States some health insurers and state governments have begun to provide more standardized funding for music therapy, so there is reason to hope that Canada will jump on board soon!
Can you teach my child with special needs how to play the piano or guitar?
Sure! At Counterpoint Music Therapy we can provide basic piano and guitar lessons.
Can you conduct your sessions in French?
Yes! Landon Coleman does work with the La Société franco-ontarienne de l’autisme (SFOA) and worked in French with children with special needs in Beaconsfield, QC at Ecole J-F-K.