make a difference with music therapyMy work experiences along with the stories I hear from other music therapists lets me know music therapy makes a difference. Having just returned from the 2012  American Music Therapy Association Conference and with the approach of  “Make a Difference Day” (Oct. 27th), I want to share how music therapy can do that.

Music therapy makes a difference with many populations. Chances are there is a music therapist somewhere who has worked with issues or diagnosis that concern you or your loved one. Music therapists also work to support wellness. To learn details, visit the American Music Therapy Association site.

Music therapists make a difference using an evidence-based practice. As a profession we continually work to build our research base. Providing our clients effective, safe services is our aim.

Music therapists make a difference by being responsive to our client’s needs and preferences. While protocols exist, this isn’t a listen to “X” or play instrument “Y” for so many minutes approach. Rather it is the therapist observing, engaging with the client, responding to the client that makes the relationship therapeutic.

Being passionate about our work and our profession is something I see in most music therapists. We are passionate about music and assisting others to have a quality life. We have a passion for sharing the efficacy of our work. Collaborating with each other, other healthcare professionals, our clients helps us better meet our client’s needs.

Being a music therapist has made a difference in my life. It has encouraged me to be a life long learner. It has pushed me to try things outside my comfort zone. Being a music therapist has allowed me to work with some amazing people – both clients and co-workers.

How do you think music therapy makes a difference? How do you make a difference in your life, your work?