Genote vs Music Therapy: An Honest Comparison

It can be difficult to understand the differences between all of the options for “music health”. Here is a straightforward comparison of Music Therapy vs. Genote to help you make an informed decision based on your needs. Music is all around us. We all need it, we are all drawn to it, and most of..

Pros and Cons: Contracting vs. Hiring for Music Therapy

Occasionally organizations are unsure whether it would be best to contract or hire a music therapist. Here are some of the pros and cons of each to help you decide what’s best for you. When you are deciding whether to contract or hire a music therapist, you also need to consider what is best for..

8 Surprising Benefits of Drumming for Mental Health

There’s a lot more to drumming than just banging out a sweet rhythm. Here are 8 surprising benefits that come with getting your groove on. When most people hear “drum circle” they may have some stereotypical associations. And for good reason, I mean our society has used drumming in some pretty strange ways for a..

What Training Do Music Therapists Have?

Becoming a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) is more than liking people, loving music, and wanting to make them feel better. It’s a regulated profession with  high standards and a rigorous training program. The credential Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC), is granted by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT, cbmt.org) to identify music..

(Video) Requesting "More": How a song can help your child communicate

Many children with communication delays have difficulty making their wants and needs known. Music is an effective and memorable way for children to learn how to make requests. In this video, Cassie demonstrates how implementing a pause or a break during a song can help encourage your child to communicate their wants and needs by..

Is Music Therapy a "Luxury"?

Many consider music therapy to be a “luxury”. A nice but unneccessary service, and they find other ways to get from point A to point B. But for so many, music therapy is the driving force for change. When I think “luxury”, I think Lexus. Lexus is a great brand of cars–they are high quality, reliable,..

Top 3 Barriers to Starting a Music Therapy Program

You’ve been interested in starting a music therapy program with your business or organization, but something is holding you back. Chances are, it’s one of these three barriers. #1 Budget If you’re a business owner, budget is always at the forefront of the decisions you make. In fact, it can trump even the best services..

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Music therapy is as far reaching as the lifespan, and its impact is as timeless as music itself. So who can benefit from music therapy? Everybody can (but we’ll be a lot more specific on who is a good candidate!) Music Therapists are trained to use music to promote positive change in every walk of..

Do Music Therapists Play Instruments?

Many people wonder whether music therapists play instruments. Yes, we most definitely do. If you have never seen or heard much about music therapy, you may wonder what it involves, and if a Music Therapist simply pushes “play” on a CD player to help their client relax and calls it therapy. It is much, much more than..

Do I Need to Play an Instrument to Have Music Therapy?

If you are a interested in music therapy, you do not need to have any musical experience. Your therapist will help you along! Many people wonder when coming to music therapy if they need to know how to play an instrument. It’s a fair question, especially if they envision the therapist teaching them how to..

What Does Music Therapy Cost in Residential Treatment Centers?

So you’re interested in a music therapy program for your Residential Treatment Center. What will it cost? If you’re a Residential Treatment Center looking to include music therapy in your programming, there are a few things to consider that will influence the overall cost. Because each organization has unique needs, circumstances, and location, there is no static..

Why is the Music Therapy Scope of Practice So Broad?

One of the concerns with music therapy often expressed by related professionals (such as the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, or ASHA), is that music therapy is so broad in scope. Honestly, I have to agree. I’ve never been able to comfortably argue the point that music therapy is confusing because it is so broad. And honestly, I’m a..