We recently read an article that was a perfect example of someone calling what they do “Music Therapy”. It is so important to be able to recognize when people claiming to practice music therapy without proper training. Four clear signs that the practitioners in the article are NOT practicing music therapy are:
While this recreation program is benefitting residents currently, the future could hold adverse reactions for some patients. If this happens, recreation staff would not be prepared to explain the reaction or counter the effects because, again, they are not familiar with the neurologic mechanisms of music processing and production. We feel that the Music & Memory program is wonderful and that it has a place in every skilled nursing facility, but it is NOT music therapy.
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Allison G. Hingley, MM, MT-BC
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