A Day in the Life of a Music Therapist
ABOUT HARMONIC CHANGES THERAPY SERVICES
Harmonic Changes Therapy Services provides holistic therapeutic services in support of the diverse needs of every individual. We strive to connect, inspire, and cultivate growth through creativity.
In-person services are available in the Greater Los Angeles and Chicago areas, and virtual services are available globally.
SERVICES WE OFFER
Connect. Inspire. Create. Grow.
Movement is our first language. It is an integral part of our life. It is believed that 55% of our communication is though body language. Dance Therapy emphasizes on connecting, integrating and enhancing movement for personal growth and wellbeing.
Dance/Movement therapy emerged in 1940, when dancers witnessed psychotherapeutic use of movement influencing ones mental and emotional state. Dance Movement Therapists (DMT) use movement as essential tool to assess and provide body based interventions. Dance Therapy is based on the idea that body and mind are interconnected, the change in one reflect the change in other.
American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines Dance Therapy as a “The psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of an individual.“
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. Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up (American Music Therapy Association, AMTA).
Music therapy is process-oriented rather than performance-based, and individuals actively participate in musical interventions to achieve functional therapeutic outcomes. Individuals do not need to have any prior musical abilities or experience in order to benefit from music therapy.
Music is a very powerful tool with the brain. Just listening to music activates both hemispheres of the brain! In addition, music is very organizing and predictable. Music is processed in all areas of the brain and has the ability to access and stimulate areas of the brain that may not be accessible through other modalities. Music enhances and optimizes the brain, providing more efficient therapy. Music Therapy is unique in its ability to captivate and maintain attention, and it naturally motivates clients to work on their functional goals, feeling not threatened and motivated!
NEUROLOGIC MUSIC THERAPY
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. NMT is based on a neuroscience model of music perception and production and the influence of music on function changes in nonmusical brain and behavioral functions. NMT is recognized by the world federation of neurologic rehabilitation, the european federation of neurorehabilitation societies, and the international society for clinical neuromusicology. (www.nmtacademy.co)
ADAPTED MUSIC LESSONS
Harmonic Changes offers music lessons to all ages and abilities! Catering towards the learning style of each student, lesson plans and content are customized for each student based on their interests. All lessons provided by Harmonic Changes incorporate whole body learning, and a high level of creativity! Lessons are flexible in their format, and may include multiple instruments.
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6348 N. Milwaukee Ave. #347 Chicago, IL 60646
16133 Ventura Blvd. 7th Floor Encino, CA 91435