CLINICAL BENEFITS

Music is a beloved and transformative tool that music therapists have been specifically trained to use in clinical practice. We are musicians, yes, but we are therapists first and foremost. We are trained in medicine, psychology, speech therapy, physical therapy, special education, and music therapy–specific research. We design music applications as a tool to accomplish nonmusical outcomes.

Music therapists apply evidence-based music interventions to:

  • Lessen the effects of dementia for older adults
  • Improve social skills and communication capabilities of children with autism
  • Build meaningful and inclusive curriculum for adult day centers
  • Reduce pain and isolation for hospitalized patients
  • Improve sleep patterns and increase weight gain for premature infants in the NICU
  • Improve motor function for those with Parkinson’s disease

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Kids just love the music; parents value the effective therapy. MT is designed around each child’s unique abilities and interests to develop sensorimotor, social, communicative, emotional, behavioral, physical, and academic/cognitive functioning. We welcome all ages and abilities.

ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Day centers and group homes schedule MT to provide engaging and educational classes. MT motivates everyone to participate and is thoughtfully designed so that persons of all mental and physical ability can experience success.

NURSING HOMES

Familiar music performed by a compassionate therapist helps to maintain or increase an elderly person’s physical, mental, social, and emotional functioning. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person's quality of life.

HOSPITALS

MT alleviates pain in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication, elevates mood and counteracts depression, supports healthy movement for physical rehabilitation, normalizes the sterile environment and can be a calming influence to induce sleep, counteracts apprehension or fear, and lessens muscle tension for the purpose of relaxation, including the autonomic nervous system.

MEDICAL DAY CARES

Children with congenital or acquired conditions are able to play instruments, sing songs, read stories, play games, be creative, and interact with peers—just as every child deserves. Meanwhile, the therapist is maintaining sanitary procedures and infection control, deftly adapting to medical equipment, and addressing the overall functioning and well-being of patients.

EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

Schools often seek MT services as listed on the Individualized Education Plan for mainstreamed special learners. Music learning is used one-on-one or in small groups to strengthen nonmusical areas such as communication skills and physical coordination skills which are important for daily life.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SETTINGS

Those of us in addictions or mental health treatment find solace and motivation within MT. This is a safe, welcoming place to explore personal feelings, make positive changes in mood and emotional states, gain a sense of control over life through successful experiences, practice problem solving, and resolve conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMING

Music Therapy St. Pete, LLC is proud to help these populations but is also prepared to expand our services. We continue to build on our diverse clinical experience and abundant research literature. We aim to have a wide impact on the health and well-being of individuals and organizations across Pinellas county and the greater Tampa Bay area. If your questions were not addressed on this page, we invite you to contact us at (727) 350-7897 or james@mtsp.com to learn more.