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|Music Therapy is an established health profession that uses musical activities to enhance social,
communication and behavioral issues. Music Therapy encourages socialization, self-expression,
communication and motor development. Music Therapy nourishes the quality of a child's life. It provides a
unique opportunity for a child with special needs to embark upon a stimulating and creative musical
journey. Through that journey, the child can learn new social tools and more rewarding interpersonal
relationships may be explored.
Music therapy is the structured use of music experiences to facilitate positive changes in human behavior.
"Positive changes in human behavior" means that music therapy aims to help people develop skills that
have to do with overall development and personal growth. "Human behavior" is an incredibly broad term
but includes these simplified descriptive categories; cognitive abilities, communication skills, social
domain, motor skills and emotional development. Often the goals and objectives chosen are very specific
and may include things like attention span, self-esteem, listening skills, turn taking, nonverbal
communication, self expression, etc.
BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY FOR CHILDREN:
If you would like to use music more effectively at home with someone you know who has special needs try
doing some of the following:
-repeat, repeat, repeat and then repeat again
-use simple language that is at the level of the listener
-let your listener learn at their own pace
-make up songs about what you are doing to reinforce language (driving, walking, playing,
a certain toy, brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc.)
Music Together classes have been a big part of my children's growing up. I always enjoyed taking my kids
to music class and watching them experience the different sounds, songs, and instruments. The teachers
are very interactive and vibrant and they have special dances and moves to go with each song. Each
session has a new tape/CD that you get to keep. We still have at least four of the them that we play in the
car and can all sing-a-long to. Find a class in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz Counties here!!
Kids Can Sing (in Aptos) is a singing school designed to teach children and adults who have a natural
desire to sing, how to use proper body mechanics to sing correctly with ease and confidence.
See our Dance & Movement Therapy page for additional musical ideas.
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Here is just one study done on music and children, "In Rhode Island, researchers studied eight public
school first grade classes. Half of the classes became "test arts" groups, receiving ongoing music and visual
arts training. In kindergarten, this group had lagged behind in schoolastic performance. After seven
months, the students were given a standardized test. The "test arts" group had caught up to their fellow
students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22%. In the second year of the project, the
arts students widened this margin even further. Students were also evaluated on attitude and behavior.
Classroom teachers noted improvement in these areas also. See many other studies at Piano Wizard.