Frequently Asked Questions

What is Neurologic Music Therapy?

Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is a specialized area of music therapy that requires additional training. NMT services are provided by an accredited music therapist (MTA). It is a research- and evidence-based system built on how music perception and music production influences the brain.


In NMT, music is used as the primary tool to address clinical, non-musical goals. These may include development and/or training within cognitive, motor, and speech/language domains. Social, behavioural, emotional, and mental health domains can also be addressed through music therapy services. 

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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 more information, please refer to the about music therapy page. 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, you do not have to have previous experience with singing and/or playing a musical instrument. The focus of music therapy is not on developing musical skills or technique. Rather, music is used as the primary tool in order to address clinical, non-musical 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 provided, music can bring up trauma for some clients, which requires proper support in response. Or music can also cause overstimulation, which can lead to other problems such as behavioural issues, aggression, anxiety/restlessness, and/or attention-related difficulties. 

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