Musicmind music therapy – frequently asked questions anoxia fetal

Frequently asked questions

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the purposeful use of music experiences to produce measurable improvements in health or function. Music therapy goes beyond just playing music to entertain or to distract from pain. For example, individuals with parkinson’s who tend to shuffle their feet can rapidly regain much of their normal stride by learning to walk to the rhythm of music specifically designed to promote normal gait.

Under the direction of a board- certified music therapist, music therapy can be used to address the therapeutic needs of a wide range of people, from babies in neonatal hospital units to older adults in nursing homes.


The benefits of music therapy have been documented for a wide range of conditions along the health continuum, from wellness and prevention to end-of-life and bereavement.Anoxia fetal for more general information about music therapy as a health service, please go to www.Musictherapy.Org.

Do I need to have previous music training or experience to benefit from music therapy?

No. Recent scientific studies show that the human brain is hard-wired for music perception, especially the rhythmic element of music. Just as the musical score in a movie can guide your emotions, rhythm can change the way you move without you being consciously aware of it! It is the job of the music therapist to translate your therapeutic goals into music experiences you can participate in and enjoy.

What actually happens in a music therapy session?

Most music therapy sessions consist of several discrete activities involving music.Anoxia fetal activity levels can range from deep relaxation to rhythmic walking outside. Musical participation may be as simple as humming along to a song presented by the therapist or as actively creative as song-writing and recording musical performances onto a CD. The specific musical activities presented in a music therapy session are determined by the goals for the session, the musical preferences of the client, and any challenges presented by a client’s diagnosis. The music therapist will meet the client at his or her level of ability to participate and move forward to reach the goals and objectives outlined in a unique, individualized music therapy treatment plan.

What makes neurologic music therapy (NMT) different from other music therapy approaches?Anoxia fetal

Neurologic music therapy (NMT) utilizes scientific knowledge of how music affects the brain to guide treatment. An NMT treatment plan is used to support measurable changes in a client’s physical abilities and psychological behavior. A neurologic music therapist has been trained in defined, standardized techniques that can be coded for insurance reimbursement. Because music affects the brain so directly, NMT is a highly effective therapeutic approach where a neurologic injury or condition is present. Examples include traumatic brain injury, stroke, seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, depression, and anxiety.

I already go to a physical (occupational, speech, etc.) therapist.Anoxia fetal will neurologic music therapy (NMT) conflict with this therapy or be a duplication of service?

No, NMT provides multiple opportunities to retrain the brain. In any training program, repetition is essential. Besides having a powerful and immediate effect on areas of the brain that control key functions, music is a pleasurable and non-threatening experience for most people. The directed use of music by an NMT therapist supports and enhances functional therapeutic exercises and increases patient motivation and compliance with treatment plans.

How is NMT different from other kinds of rehabilitation therapy?

NMT provides opportunities to retrain the brain and thereby adapt, rehabilitate or develop skills for improved thinking, moving, speaking, and emotional well-being.Anoxia fetal there is evidence that NMT can produce faster, more long-lasting improvements than the same functional exercises performed without music. Please see the suggested references in the more info section of this website.

Would NMT be appropriate for my child?

Yes, children engage readily in music experiences. NMT techniques have been shown to be effective in the treatment of attention deficit, speech delays, and some other learning disabilities as well as brain injury. However, if you are seeking a behavioral program such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA), another music therapist or special education professional trained in these techniques will be better able to offer this type of behavioral therapy.Anoxia fetal

Do I need a referral from a doctor to obtain music therapy services?

No. A screening meeting and assessment by the music therapist will need to be completed before services begin. Please refer to the getting started section of this web site under the services link.

Will my medical insurance cover neurologic music therapy (NMT)?

Yes, although this depends on your insurance provider and your policy. NMT has been accepted by third party insurers as a medically necessary and proven effective treatment. If you are seeking reimbursement for music therapy from your insurance, doctor’s orders for music therapy as a medically necessary treatment and a diagnosis code will be typically required when you apply for reimbursement.Anoxia fetal musicmind does not bill insurance companies directly, but will provide all the documentation, receipts, and treatment codes necessary for a client to seek reimbursement from their insurance company. MusicMind accepts payment for services in cash, check or credit card.

How do I know whether someone offering music therapy services is board certified?

A board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) will be listed with the certification board for music therapists, inc. ( www.Cbmt.Org). In addition to completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an approved institution and passing a national board exam, board-certified music therapists are also required to complete 100 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain certified status.Anoxia fetal complaints or sanctions regarding a MT-BC are registered with this certification board and/or the american music therapy association ( www.Musictherapy.Org).