What kind of patients and populations is Music Therapy geared towards?
The amazing thing about music is that it is so universal, people of all ages and abilities love it and respond to it. Music therapy is used with a variety of populations including children with developmental disabilities (autism, cerebral palsy, intellectually disabled, etc.), individuals with psychiatric disorders, adults with Parkinson's disease, geriatrics with dementia, premature infants...the list goes on and on. Furthermore, the more studies completed on music therapy, the more research supports its use in a variety of ways. For example, music is clinically proven to reduce your brain's perception of pain and it is proven to reduce blood pressure. Music has been found to be extremely effective in memory recall for dementia patients, can increase reality-orientation in severe psychiatric patients and can be used to regulate heart and respiratory rates.
Therefore music therapists work in a wide variety of settings. Music therapists can be found working in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, State Schools, hospices, private practice or in music therapy centers.