Whidbey General Hospital

What Is Music Therapy?

A music therapist can address physical, psychological, emotional, social and/or cognitive challenges.

The therapist uses a variety of techniques that might include instrument playing, singing, relaxation to recorded music, song writing, and improvisation.

A music therapist needs to be responsive and adaptable to each patient’s unique needs and situation. A specific selection of music might effect one person in a very different way than it effects another person.

  • People can also use specific music for different purposes (i.e. music to stimulate physical activity verses music for relaxation).
  • A cold and unfamiliar hospital room can be warmed instantaneously by music.
  • A person home-bound by illness can use music to address issues of pain or loneliness.
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