What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy (MT) is a client and his/her music therapist using music to accomplish non-musical goals together. These goals are addressed by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music Therapy at KidLinks

KidLinks has a long history of providing Music Therapy for children in need. Our board certified Music Therapists provide direct therapy services to children, serving more than a dozen children per week. The therapist assesses the strengths and needs of each child and provides an individualized treatment program which uses music to address areas of cognition, physical, communication, social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the children's abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

One of our Music Therapists explains how she adapts her Music Therapy program to the needs of the child:

"During his time receiving music therapy through KidLinks’ music therapy clinic, one of our 4 year-old clients experienced a significantly traumatic event. His music therapy treatment plan quickly changed to address his emotional needs. One intervention used was identifying feelings through a sound-story (using instruments to help tell a story).
Not long after this intervention was used in his music therapy session, the little boy’s mother peeked into his room at home and found him sitting in a chair, guitar in hand, with “feeling cards” (simple drawings of facial expressions depicting emotions), singing a song about feelings. This little boy generalized an activity from music therapy to process emotions and express his feelings through music all on his own."

- Cora Lansdowne, MME, MT-BC

Music Therapy Community of Practice

KidLinks is committed to supporting the growth of the Music Therapy community. The Community of Practice is a hub for professionals, parents and caregivers, providing music therapy resources, insights, discussions, and more. The Community is intended to support in healing, hope and happiness for children in their care.