Clinical Goal - Musical Intervention - Therapeutic Relationship - Change
Music therapy is the evidenced-based practice of using music and musical interventions to reach therapeutic goals. A quick example: a young client is working on building social skills. The music therapist will facilitate musical experiences that offer opportunities for the individual to practice and develop making eye contact, establishing personal boundaries, turn taking and sustained attention. The music motivates.
Sessions are offered for individuals as well as groups.
American Music Therapy Association (click to visit the national association website)
The music therapist works to create and facilitate music interventions to assist clients in reaching non-musical goals. The therapist employs approaches from the psychoanalytic, cognitive- behavioral and person-centered methodologies, adapting the interventions to best serve the uniqueness and individuality of each client and group.
Our therapists have worked with a variety of populations: children receiving early, intervention teenagers on probation, adults with intellectual disabilities, elementary school children with social-behavioral challenges, cancer patients and children with special needs. We have a particular interest working with infants and toddlers and are excited to expand Little Lotus Music to reach more families throughout the Los Angeles area.
Who can benefit?
Music therapy can be beneficial for individuals who need support in these goal areas:
Emotional: developing skills to identify, manage and express feelings and desires
Social: developing appropriate relational behavior
Communicative: developing receptive and expressive skills both verbal (speech/language) and non-verbal (gesture/body language/facial expression)
Pre-educational/Educational: practice important classroom skills (attention span, following directions, turn-taking)
Fine/Gross Motor: spatial exploration and coordination of both small and large movements.
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What it looks like:
Music therapy is experiential and process-based. Musical interventions can include: improvisation, singing, active instrument play, songwriting, music for relaxation, lyric analysis, therapeutic music performance, passive music listening, and movement. The musical preference of each individual informs what type of music manifests in the session.