Clinical interventions are based on scientific research that shows music therapy can:
- Alleviate pain
- Enhance relaxation and reduce anxiety
- Improve sleep
- Lift mood and enhance expression
- Improve quality of life
Megan formerly worked as the Board Certified Music Therapist for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
During her years at UM, Megan offered individual, family and group therapy interventions for patients, caregivers and family members. She also coordinated all environmental music in the lobby and waiting areas by trained area musicians to promote a relaxing atmosphere for all patients, families and staff. In addition, she compiled a “Healing Music to Go” collection of approximately 50 CD’s that patients could check out at the Patient Education Resource Center.
How are Music Therapists Trained?
Music Therapy is a recognized healthcare profession. Therapists must complete a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. at an accredited university program, a 1040-hour internship and pass a national board certification exam. Therapists are trained to use music to address body/mind/spirit and therapeutically address specific goals. Degree programs offer courses in psychology, counseling, physiology and anatomy, in addition to courses in music therapy, performance, theory, and composition. In addition, music therapists are proficient on 4 instruments; piano, guitar, voice and one instrument of their choosing.