ERIC Number: ED254771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-5
Reference Count: 0
An Overview of Music Therapy.
McGuire, Michael G.
Music therapy is the unique use of music in the accomplishment of therapeutic aims: the restoration, maintenance, and improvement of mental and physical health. A music therapist can help clients increase understanding of themselves and their environment through systematic involvement with music. The process of music therapy gives clients a structured experience of time, ability (physical and psychological response), affective behavior, and sensory behavior. It encourages client self-expression, enhances self-esteem, and provides experience in relating to others. Music therapy can be used successfully with school populations to develop and improve self-help skills, motor skills, and social skills. The education of music therapists takes place at schools accredited by the National Association for Schools of Music. In addition to music skills, students need personal characteristics that will enable them to be successful therapists. Concurrent with coursework, a student must complete a 6-month internship under the supervision of a registered music therapist. (BH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Washtenaw Counselors' Association (Ann Arbor, MI, February 5, 1985).