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What Is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical, evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. Music therapy provides enjoyable, engaging experiences, allowing clients to build strengths while improving areas of need. No musical training or skill is necessary for an individual to benefit from music therapy.

Who Is A Qualified Music Therapist?

At minimum, a qualified music therapist is someone who holds a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from a program approved by the American Music Therapy Association. A music therapist has also completed a minimum of 1040 hours of clinical training and is Board Certified.

What Goals Can Music Therapy Help With?

Music Therapy can help clients achieve their goals in several areas. Cognitively, Music Therapy can assist with memory orientation, on-task behavior, following directions and general academic concepts. Physically, it helps with motor skills, body-awareness, pain management and sensory adaptation.

In helping a client with psycho-social goals, the emphasis may be on independence, confidence, interaction with others and interpersonal skills, while emotional goals may include coping skills, impulse control, relaxation skills and stress management.

Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy Sessions?

Among myriad populations deriving benefit from Music Therapy, a few examples are: Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mental Health, Behavioral and Emotional Disorders, Learning Disorders, Geriatrics (including Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia), and Hospice/Palliative Care.

How Does Music Therapy Work?

Music Therapy uses the unique qualities of music to help children and adults live more creatively and resourcefully in the face of illness, disability or traumatic experiences. It can take place in schools, hospitals, day centers or purpose-built facilities, individually or in groups, alone or within an individualized treatment plan.

What Might Happen During A Typical Session?

Music therapy sessions involve a wide variety of musical experiences individualized to the client’s preferences and goals. Music therapy sessions are highly enjoyable to most clients. A typical session may include movement to music, singing and/or vocal improvisations to music, playing or improvising with instruments, musical instruction, games, relaxation techniques and opportunities for social interaction.

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Welcome to BAMT!

Bay Area Music Therapy is an organization dedicated to providing you with the highest quality integrative music therapy services. Our well-trained music therapists and adjunct providers can address the emotional, physical, psychological and social needs of you, your loved ones, or your community.

We offer person-centered & individualized music therapy programs and services to support creativity, self-expression and self-empowerment. Additionally, we provide a variety of educational and experiential music related wellness services.

We serve children and adults of all ages, needs and abilities. We work with special needs, senior care facilities, community outreach programs, stress & pain managements groups, as well as team building and wellness care in the corporate arena.

Bay Area Music Therapy has studio locations in Oakland and Santa Rosa, serving clients across the Bay Area, including San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay and North Bay.


Thank you SO much for your extraordinary drumming workshop with the Cystic Fibrosis Retreat this past week. The reviews were out of this world, and drumming has become one of our most demanded events for future years! You did an amazing job facilitating the session and getting this new group into the music. I love the chanting/singing, the meditation, the checking in about our emotions/physical sensations after drumming, and your ability to be a composer and raise and lower our drum beats. I fel…

Isabel Stenzel ByrnesProgram ManagerCystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI)