Frequently Asked Questions

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a therapeutic service provided by an accredited music therapist (MTA), in which music is used as the primary tool in order to address clinical, non-musical goals. These may include development and/or training within cognitive, motor, speech/language, social, behavioural, emotional, and mental health domains. 

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What is Neurologic Music Therapy?

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a specialized area of music therapy that requires additional training. It is a research- and evidence-based system built on how music perception and music production influences the brain. Music-based exercises aim to address functional, non-musical goals in 3 main areas: motor, cognition, and speech/language. 

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How do I know if I would benefit from music therapy?

Music therapy is beneficial for people of all ages and abilities. For inquiries, please refer to the contact page in order to submit a referral form.

Do I have to sing or play an instrument in order to participate in music therapy?

No, the focus of music therapy is not on musical skills or expertise. Rather, music is used as the primary tool in order to address clinical, non-musical goals. Please refer to the about music therapy page in order to learn more about clinical goals.

Is music therapy the same as music education or music performance?

No, music education (lessons) focus on the development of musical skills, techniques, and expertise. Music performance focuses on the implementation of those skills for entertainment purposes. 

Music therapy services are provided by credentialed professionals (MTA - Music Therapist Accredited) and involves the intentional use of music in order to address clinical, non-musical goals. Please refer to the about music therapy page for more information.

Did you know that music can be harmful if not used properly? 

Accredited music therapists are trained to use music clinically and intentionally in order to support clinical goals and overall health and well-being.

For example, if not carefully delivered, music can bring up trauma for some clients, which requires proper support in response. If not carefully delivered, music can also overstimulate some clients. 

More questions? Please use the contact form to submit your questions to the music therapist, Dorothy Davies.


Dorothy M. Davies

BMT, MA, MTA, NMT Fellow

To request an appointment, please follow the provided link to fill out the appropriate referral form.

For all other inquiries, please fill out this contact form

Markham & Stouffville, ON Canada


Services may also extend to other areas in York Region and the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, please contact the music therapist.


Online sessions are also provided.


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