Being a board-certified music therapist involves not only maintaining skill sets in the areas of health, healing, musicality, and working with a spectrum of ages and abilities; music therapists also have to (get to, really) be well-versed with a variety of instruments and how those instruments will help a client work on and achieve their set goals.
This involves creativity, the knowledge and education on best practices to address the client’s specific objectives, the client’s musical preferences … and, owning a lot of fun, engaging instruments (and knowing how to play them!).
The following videos showcase a few of my go-to instruments and the goal areas associated with each activity. All of these fabulous tools were purchased through West Music (and no, they did not pay me to write this – I just love West Music THAT much)!
Articulation and fluency of speech
Auditory and Visual Associations
Cognition, receptive language, and following multi-step directions
Auditory discrimination, attention-to-task
Visual spacing & color coordination for child who is visually-impaired
Adapted guitar lessons