Music therapists use music to help the psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals by providing an avenue for communication for those who may have some communication barriers. Music therapists are part of a health care team that addresses a wide range of rehabilitation needs for patients.
Music therapists use singing, learning, playing, creating, and listening to music through evidence-based treatments that provide coping skills, emotional support, and physical rehabilitation. Music therapists must have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy that includes in-depth study of music. Most music therapists work in long-term care settings, but also work in hospitals or with children.