What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy incorporates musical activities to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. Activities such as singing, moving or listening to music can help improve speech, motor skills, memory and balance.

Music Therapy at A.G. Rhodes

The Music Therapy Program at A.G. Rhodes is a component of the Therapy and Rehabilitation Department. Our Certified Music Therapist administers music therapy in group and individual settings. Treatment may take place at bedside, in resident living areas and in general “activity” spaces.

With the vast musical experience and interest of our patients, the Music Therapist incorporates music from the 1920s to the present day. Styles range from big band jazz, country, religious, rock-n-roll and old-time sing-a-longs. The way in which patients engage in music depends on their level of functioning and treatment goals.

Several common music therapy practices involve singing, moving to music, playing instruments or listening. In addition to the clinical benefits, music therapy sessions are fun, motivating and light-hearted, while encompassing the personal musical preferences of the patients.

Co-Treatment with Other Disciplines

Co-treatment between music therapy and other therapies including physical, occupational and speech, occurs on a weekly basis. In addition to interfacing with other rehabilitation therapies, the Music Therapist works in conjunction with staff from the activities, restorative and nursing departments. Patient goals may vary from improved speech (through singing), balance or strength, to increased motivation or attention.

Songs for Seniors

The Songs for Seniors program within our Music Therapy Department promotes the incorporation of music into many areas of the day including rehabilitation therapy, organized leisure-time activities and personal time. A key component of the program is the use of music devices that include songs tailored for individual residents to enjoy. Learn more about Songs for Seniors.