What is Music Therapy?

What is Music Therapy?

Christina and HudsonMusic Therapy is an established health profession in which a music therapist uses music and all of its attributes—tempo, pitch, timbre, volume, rhythm, etc. — to help clients meet nonmusical goals. Areas of need may include, but are not limited to:

–Physical/motor development                –Cognitive functioning
–Social-emotional awareness                 –Communicative skills
–Promoting Wellness                                 –Managing Stress
–Enhancing memory                                  –Creative expression
–Pain Management                                     –Quality of Life

Our Board-Certified Music Therapists assess the strengths and needs of each client, determine individualized, measurable goals, and utilize their clinical knowledge, musical skills, creativity, and compassion to develop specific therapeutic interventions to address these goals. Through Music Therapy, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

Individual or Group Music Therapy Sessions may include:

  • Singing
  • Instrumental improvisation
  • Songwriting
  • Moving to music
  • Listening to and discussing music
  • Additional music experiences that target individual and/or group treatment goals.

MCMS Music Therapy services are available for individuals of all ages with:

  • Developmental delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical challenges
  • Vision, hearing impairments
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Sensory needs
  • Mental Health Needs
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and aging related conditions
  • Other needs

In 2006, Manchester Community Music School established the first Music Therapy program within a community music school in New Hampshire. Today, we continue to provide professional, high quality Music Therapy services for individuals of all ages with varied needs at MCMS and through our partnerships.

MCMS Therapists offer services within these settings:

  • At the Music School
  • NH Public Schools
  • Child Development Programs
  • Hospitals
  • Adult Day Programs
  • Assisted Living Facilities

MCMS Music Therapists work closely with families and collaborate as part of  interdisciplinary teams in each setting. We are committed to providing a continuum of care for individuals and taking time to consult and work with the rest of the treatment team.

The Music School also collaborates with Area Agencies in Manchester and throughout southern NH to meet the needs of the clients they serve, and we continue to develop new programs and partnerships.

How Do We Get Started?

Information For New Clients, Families and Caregivers

Please email or call for more information!
Barbara Scott, Director of Music Therapy    bscott@mcmusicschool.org