Editor’s note: This information was inadvertently omitted from last Sunday’s article about music therapy.
Enrollment in college music therapy programs continues to increase and demand for music therapists in many areas of health care and rehabilitation continues to rise, noted Lalene DyShere Kay, director of the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium.
Most graduates with a music therapy degree and the credential of Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC, an exam-based credential), are hired within a few months, sometimes weeks, of completion of the six-month full-time internship (the final bachelor’s degree requirement).
“Research demonstrating the effectiveness of music therapy on memory recall, social behaviors, emotional well-being and quality of life suggests that music therapy may be the integral ‘wholistic’ approach to supporting our aging population,” Kay explained. “Evidence-based practice techniques including sing-alongs, name that tune, lyric discussions and musical life reviews are among those MT experiences delivering positive outcomes in controlled research studies. Live music, prepared and delivered by a MT-BC who can control and adapt on the spot to the situation, is indicated in nearly all of these studies.”
To hire music therapist Kathy Lindberg or learn more about her music therapy, call 330-465-8183 or visit http://www.melismamusictherapy.com.
— Kim Hone-McMahan