What is Music Therapy?

The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) Council has just announced an updated WFMT definition of music therapy. This new definition encapsulates a global perspective of contemporary music therapy in a comprehensive and concise way that matches WFMT’s goals. It is also available in 12 languages: http://www.wfmt.info/WFMT/President_presents….html

“Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy are based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts” (WFMT, 2011).


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