Music is a big part of our lives. You hear it everywhere. In subway stations, waiting rooms, and of course on the radio. What might not be as well known is the idea using music as a form of therapy, which can be very beneficial for adults with special needs.

According to the American Music Therapy Association:

“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 Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.”

So what does this mean in laymen’s terms? A music therapist has the ability to use music as a tool to benefit an individual with special needs in a variety of ways.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Use of Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Social Participation
  • Memory Enhancement
  • Emotional Expressiveness

Music Therapy Resources for Special Needs Adults in NJ:

Here are few local Music Therapists where you can learn more information:

  1. Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapy¬†(Watchung, NJ)
    Jennifer Pact-Goodman started Jammin Jenn’ Music Therapy back in 2009 and provides music therapy in one-on-one sessions as well as in groups. Jennifer and her staff also have an option to have Music Therapy sessions in your home in most areas of New Jersey as well as Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.
  2. Creative Flow: Art & Music Therapy, Psychodrama (Hillsborough, NJ)
    Amy Clarkson, a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, and Erica Bogart, an Art Therapist, combine their talents to help individuals in a variety of therapeutic efforts in indivual, group, and parent-child sessions.Creative Flow offers Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Psychodrama (clink link for more information and resources).
  3. So.i.Heard House of Music (Millburn, NJ)
    Brooke Slemmer designed and implemented the Music Therapy Program for So.i.Heard House of Music back in 2014. On their website, you can get a virtual tour of the Music Therapy room, see videos of Music Therapy sessions and performances, and book a free consultation.