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Why Music THERAPY?

At the KEYS program, as we have developed our music therapy program, we have found a common theme within many of the questions being asked. Music therapy has been around since the Bible times, but was only recognized as a profession in the 20th century. It formally began after World War I and World War II when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veterans hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma from the wars.

Music Therapy is defined by the American Music Therapy Association as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Therapy can be a scary word. Music therapy can be a scary thought. But it's not.

If we break it down to the most obvious difference, we take away the word music...

Therapy: Noun. The treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process (

Education: Noun. The act or process of acquiring general knowledge. The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning (

As a music educator, one would teach different instruments - concepts, how to play, music theory, etc.

As a music therapist, one would use music as a therapeutic tool that helps clients through the emotional and physiological needs, support functional skills through the use of music, and more.

Believe it or not, given the differences, there is overlap, we can see it in the very title - Music therapy and Music education.

Much of the reason for studying music has to do with its power to elevate mood, express emotions and speak to human thoughts, feelings and needs. As a music teacher working with students one-on-one or in a group, lessons may be tailored to address your pupils’ interests and emotions. The music teacher may choose uplifting songs to perform or study to cheer up students who are upset, a soothing song to calm anxious students or a mournful song that speaks to the feelings of students who are struggling with problems in their personal lives. Likewise, music therapists often impart some amount of education to their clients through their work together toward healing.

The KEYS program has grown! We have been able to expand our offerings and benefits to the KEYS family through generous donations and grant funding, providing music therapy sessions to KEYS kids and families. Music Therapy encompasses EVERYTHING musical. It is all about making music together: playing instruments, learning how to play instruments (lessons adapted to whatever is needed!!), listening to new songs and song favorites, singing songs, writing songs, relaxing, movement, conversations....the list goes on and on.

If you are interested in music therapy sessions for your KEYS kid, a KEYS sibling, or yourself, don't hesitate to contact us. We are here for any questions you may have!

We can't wait to work with you!! and's all about the SMILES!!

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