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.
- Canadian Association for Music Therapy / Association de Musicothérapie du Canada Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 6, 1994
Music is therapeutic because it directly influences brain functioning which, in turn, modifies the behavior of other systems that make up the human biological organism. In Music Therapy, we aim to use the effects of music on brain functioning to influence biological, psychological, and physiological processes that occur well beyond the boundaries of the brain itself.
- Dale Taylor, PhD., MT-BC. “Biomedical Foundations of Music as Therapy”