“Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.” - American Music Therapy Association (click to visit the national association website)
As a music therapist I work from a simple paradigm; I create and facilitate music interventions to assist clients in reaching non-musical goals. I employ approaches from the psychoanalytic, cognitive- behavioral and person-centered methodologies, adapting my interventions to best serve the uniqueness and individuality of each client and group. Through my training I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations: teenagers on probation, adults with intellectual disabilities, elementary school children with social-behavioral challenges, cancer patients and children with special needs. I have a particular interest working with infants and toddlers and am 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.