Music is mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life – Ludwig van Beethoven

Definition of Music Therapy

Music therapy is a set of techniques using sound which may be, but is not necessarily music, for diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention purposes. Music therapy techniques are applied in interaction between one or several patients (clients) and one or several music therapists. The goal of music therapy is to stimulate growth, development, heath and daily functioning of the client/group of clients, to alleviate or eliminate the existing symptoms in case of illness, or to change the existing way of behavior and attitudes, based on the scientific and planned implementation of music therapy techniques/methods by an educated music therapist. Music therapy in its modern sense of the word means that there is a practically verified theoretical basis, that it is applied by an educated music therapist, that the music therapy technique, created based on a clear theoretical concept verified in practice and recognized worldwide, is applied, that there is an indication for the use of music therapy with a certain patient/client or group of patients/clients; that the effects of implementation of music therapy are measured and followed-up prospectively and that the results are presented in professional meetings and published in professional magazines.

Development Courses

There are two main courses in music therapy based on which a series of techniques are developed:

  1. Receptive Music Therapy Techniques – which includes the use of tested music extracts on the basis of which psychological effect is achieved.
  2. Active Music Therapy Techniques – which includes achieving communication and therapeutic goals by voice or using an instrument with the patient (group of patients) with whom verbal way of communication is difficult or impossible.