Music Therapy at Lake Harriet Upper Elementary School

 

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.  Basically, the music therapist uses music interventions, grounded in research, to achieve non-musical goals.

 

Why does Music Therapy work?

Music holds universal appeal. It provides a bridge in a non-threatening setting between people and their environment, facilitating relationships, learning, self-expression, and communication. Music captures and helps maintain attention, increasing motivation to participate more fully in the educational setting. It is highly motivating and may be used as a natural “reinforcer” for desired skills.

 

What, specifically, will Music Therapy look like at Lake Harriet Upper Elementary?

Amy Hager will be using researched-based music therapy interventions, including: singing, instrument playing, receptive music listening, music and movement, song writing, music and imagery, and music assisted relaxation to help students receiving special education services attain goals identified by their IEP team.  Specific goal areas may include: academic skills, sensorimotor skills, social emotional skills, behavior, and communication.  Whenever possible, materials from district curriculums, including music and literacy, will be utilized. 

 

Sources:

American Music Therapy Association:  http://www.musictherapy.org
Minneapolis Public Schools Music Therapy Team:  https://sites.google.com/a/mpls.k12.mn.us/music-therapy-pdp/
Music Therapy Association of Minnesota:  http://www.musictherapymn.com