Music Therapy

20160526-spring-concert-224-editTrinity Classical Academy offers group music therapy services for all Imago Dei grammar students with their own board-certified music therapist. Services are provided two times per week and are often the highlight of our student’s week!

What is Music Therapy?

Professional Clinical Music Therapy is said to be an art, a science and a part of the health professions. The World Federation of Music Therapists (WFMT) defines Music Therapy as “the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing”.

Assessments of strengths and needs of clients, music therapists use both instrumental and vocal music to target non-musical goals. Music therapists design treatment plans, monitor ongoing progress through evaluation and participate as members of the interdisciplinary team to support a vast continuum of outcomes.

Why It Works

  • Music captivates and maintains attention
  • Music can increase appropriate social skills (turn-taking, following directions, cooperation, and participation)
  • Music provides a way to express self through verbal & nonverbal means
  • Music encourages positive forms of behavior
  • Music develops independence, leadership, creativity & decision making skills
  • Music strategies can develop new recreational and leisure skills
  • Music can make positive changes in mood & emotional states
  • Music enhances movement, including improvement of fine and gross motor functioning
  • Music provides immediate feedback
  • Music is success-oriented

There is much Biblical and clinical evidence that exposure to and involvement in music has beneficial effects on a person’s well-being.  At Trinity, our music therapy sessions use music as the tool to help facilitate specific goals laid out for our IDS students. These goals include, but are not limited to, increasing social skills, increasing fine and gross motor skills, increasing speech and language development, improving auditory processing skills and sensory-motor skills. Our music therapy sessions also allow for musical expression through a few performance opportunities a year at our Trinity Christmas Concert and our Spring Concert. Our music therapy students love to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Christ who is the ultimate example of an effective ‘therapon’. He is the ‘Wonderful Counselor’ and the source of our health and healing.  It is by Jesus stripes that we are healed and it is to Him that we can release our burdens and our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4-5).  It is by the truth given to us in that word of God that we are made free (John 8:32).  Coming before the Lord with thanksgiving, making a joyful noise to Him (Psalm 96:2) and glorifying Him with sacred music and song can be a catalyst in receiving the manifestation of His power to heal and deliver through music therapy. 

For more information:

  • The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) www.musictherapy.org
  • The Certification Board for Music Therapist (CBMT) www.cbmt.org