How does music therapy benefit people with Autism? (History of Music…
How does music therapy benefit people with Autism?
History of Music Therapy
The American Music Therapy Association
Founded in 1998
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
The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.
The earliest known reference to music therapy appeared in 1789 in an unsigned article in Columbian Magazine titled "Music Physically Considered."
Interest in music therapy continued to gain support during the early 1900s leading to the formation of several short-lived associations. In 1903, Eva Augusta Vescelius founded the National Society of Musical Therapeutics.
In the 1940s, three persons began to emerge as innovators and key players in the development of music therapy as an organized clinical profession.
In 1926, Isa Maud Ilsen founded the National Association for Music in Hospitals.
The National Association for Music Therapy was founded at a meeting in New York City on June 2, 1950
What is Music Therapy
Music Therapy is the practice of using music and or rhythm as a form of mental therapy
What are the Benefits of Music Therapy?
Promote Physical Rehabilitation
Music has nonverbal, creative, structural and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationships to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development
How Music Therapy has Changed Lives
Interview with person who has Autism. This interview will entail a real life look at what its like to live with autism. In this particular case it is interesting because this person is now going to school as a music major at Belmont.
Interview with Music Therapist
What is it like being a music therapist?
What made them interested in music therapy?
What was the training that they needed to become a music therapist
What are some of their personal success stories that they have had working in the field or important experiences
Music Therapies Influence on Autism
Impaired social interaction
Neurological developmental disorder which causes difficulty with communication and forming relationships
As the autistic individual begins to display communicative (verbal or nonverbal) intentions and responses, music can be used to encourage speech and vocalizations.
How Does Music Therapy benefit Autism
Helps to establish better communication skills
Helps to improve socio-behavioral skills
Used as a treatment
Thesis Statement: Music therapy helps people with autism to better express themselves, improving their communication skills and overall mental health.
Sources: (Modern Language Assoc.)Works Cited
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Hourigan, Ryan, and Amy Hourigan. "Teaching Music To Children With Autism: Understandings And Perspectives." Music Educators Journal 96.1 (2009): 40-45. ERIC. Web. 26 Jan. 2017.