St. Petersburg, Florida and the Tampa Bay area
(727) 350-7897 james@mtstpete.org

Music Therapy Services

Music Therapy St. Pete, LLC

We provide compassionate, evidence-based Music Therapy for family, community, healthcare, educational, medical, and older adult settings. Our Board Certified Music Therapists help accomplish non-musical outcomes across a wide range of ages, abilities, and clinical needs. Pinellas county most often seeks Music Therapy for:

 

  • Special education and developmental programming

  • Older adult, memory and palliative care

  • Medical and procedural support

  • Adaptive music lessons through The Rhythm Studio

  • Presentations, in-service education, and research collaboration

 

We offer free consultations and hope Music Therapy may be a good fit for your loved one or your organization. For more information on how we can help you and your loved ones, call (727) 350-7897 or write to james@mtstpete.org.

 

Want to learn more about Music Therapy?

Every Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC) must earn a Music Therapy degree from an approved university, complete a 1,200 hour internship, complete the national certification examination which is officially recognized by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies, and maintain their credentials through continuing education. The Certification Board for Music Therapists is an independent organization which regulates the certification exam, and the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is our professional association. AMTA approves educational programs and national roster internship sites, publishes two professional journals, organizes regional and national conferences, advocates for the Music Therapy profession, increases public access to Music Therapy, and provides support for Music Therapists. The following quotes are from the AMTA website:

 

Music Therapy is 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. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)”

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.”

What do music therapists do? – Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.”

Who can benefit from music therapy? – Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.”

Where do music therapists work? – Music therapists work in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.”

What is the history of music therapy as a health care profession? – The idea of music as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato. The 20th century discipline 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. The patients’ notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to request the hiring of musicians by the hospitals. It was soon evident that the hospital musicians needed some prior training before entering the facility and so the demand grew for a college curriculum. The first music therapy degree program in the world, founded at Michigan State University in 1944, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1994. The American Music Therapy Association was founded in 1998 as a union of the National Association for Music Therapy and the American Association for Music therapy.”

Is there research to support music therapy? – AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.”