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What is Music Therapy?

Simply put, music can be used as a therapeutic tool to restore, improve, and maintain mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being.

“Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.” (American Music Therapy Association)

Music therapy is the art of music, paired with the science of therapy, creating a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which any individual, with the support of a board-certified music therapist, may discover the best in themselves.  Music can be used as a therapeutic tool to restore, improve, and maintain mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being. 

Who Benefits from Music Therapy?

Music Therapists are uniquely qualified to work with the specific needs of all individuals.  Both children and adults with special needs can benefit from the universal qualities of music through the guidance of a music therapist.  Well Seniors partake in Wellness Music Therapy activities such as the HCC-Bain Senior Choir.  The TMI music therapists work closely with parents and teachers of children with special needs such as those with cognitive delays, ADD, AD-HD, physical impairments, emotional and behavioral challenges and those on the autism spectrum to implement the goals and ohjectives of IEPs.

Who are the music therapists at HCC?

Our music therapists are board certified music therapists (Music Therapist - Board Certified).

Click through to read about our music therapists: Rita MayhewKerry Cornelius, and Gregory Lazzaro.

How do you become a Music Therapist?

For students interested in becoming a music therapist, thanks to a cooperative program with Howard County Public Schools, high school music therapy internships and work-study programs are available. HCC's Music Department also has an articulated agreement with Immaculata University in Pennsylvania for music students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in music therapy. Music students who complete HCC's Associate of Arts degree in Music and the Music Therapy Letter of Recognition can now transfer all earned credits and be admitted to Immaculata University as a junior.

For more information about music therapy, visit the official website of the American Music Therapy Association.

For more details and information about TMI's Music Therapy program, contact music therapy coordinator Rita Mayhew.