Plans, organizes, or directs medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Designs or provides music therapy experiences to address client needs, such as using music for self-care, adjusting to life changes, improving cognitive functioning, raising self-esteem, communicating, or controlling impulses.
- Assesses client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
- Sings or plays musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
- Designs music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.
- Documents evaluations, treatment plans, case summaries, or progress or other reports related to individual clients or client groups.
- Communicates with clients to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to musical experiences.
- Establishes client goals or objectives for music therapy treatment, considering client needs, capabilities, interests, overall therapeutic program, coordination of treatment, or length of treatment.
- Observes and documents client reactions, progress, or other outcomes related to music therapy.
- Engages clients in music experiences to identify client responses to different styles of music, types of musical experiences, such as improvising or listening, or elements of music, such as tempo or harmony.
- Customizes treatment programs for specific areas of music therapy, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities, educational settings, geriatrics, medical settings, mental health, physical disabilities, or wellness.
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