What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is used in a variety of groups and locations, including education, mental health, physical rehabilitation, hospitals, and many more. Music therapists design music interventions to meet non-musical goals. For example, music may be structured to organize the body and prompt movement in physical rehabilitation, provide non-pharmacological with pain control, carry essential information to those with learning difficulties, and revive memories for those with dementia. Sessions involve both live and recorded music, and are individualized to each patient’s needs.
Through the generous Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc grant, we have been able to provide both group and individual services to musicians in the New Orleans community. Among many topics, focus has included sessions focused on performance anxiety, depression, substance misuse, creativity, and self-expression. Our clients have reported increased self-esteem, decreased anxiety, improved social skills, and more! We are currently facilitating a group for NOMC/NOMAF clinic staff and providers in July and are hoping to coordinate some community education events in the future while still accepting patient referrals from NOMC. We look forward to serving the creative community of New Orleans in the future.