Our Approach

At WBMT, we provide a person-centered approach to music therapy. Through a variety of music therapy techniques, we help individuals work towards non-musical goals.

Although we list specific goals here, we will collaborate with you to identify how music can best be utilized in achieving other goal areas.

Our music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  •  Improve communication
  •  Develop motor skills
  •  Manage stress
  •  Increase self-expression
  •  Enhance learning
  •  Promote social skills
  •  Improve daily living skills
  •  Assist memory recall
  •  Regulate affect
  •  Teach coping skills

We believe in a person-centered approach to treatment and will always incorporate a person's musical and personal preferences into the session.  Music therapists may use a variety of instruments during your session such as guitar, hand drums, piano, and small percussion instruments such as castanets, shakers, cabasa, rainstick, and rhythm sticks.  In addition, sensory based items such as scarves, ribbon wands, parachute, large elastic bands, balls, and bean bags are used to enhance session experiences. We are trained to provide live music in a variety of styles and have access to a wealth of recorded music that may be used to address a person's therapeutic goals.  

Music therapy sessions may include interventions such as:

Instrument playing
To address goals such as increasing self-expression, coping, and social interaction skills as well as increasing attention span, focus and direction following skills
Movement to music
To increase physical endurance, improve steady gait, increase range of motion, develop self-expression and self-awareness skills, and improve appropriate social skills
Song writing
To address needs such as increasing appropriate self-expression skills, learning academic and social concepts, memory recall, and improving self-confidence
Lyric analysis
As a catalyst and structure for discussion of sensitive topics
Music-assisted relaxation and progressive muscle relaxation
To provide a state of relaxation and aid in independent use of these skills
Singing to recorded, live, and original music
To improve speech clarity, speech pragmatics, and use of oral communication skills
Call and response interventions
To assist a person's imitation skills, initiation skills, identification of social cues

Since we all have individual preferences for learning and communicating, we understand that our clients will come to us using their preferred methods. We will strive to incorporate these strategies within individual and group sessions; however, music will always be our main tool.

Discussing and processing the outcomes of therapy sessions is important. We want caretakers and team members to know how things went. In order to maintain respect and the attitude of presuming intellect, we will not talk about an individual while they are present. Conversations will either be inclusive of the individual or done electronically or over the phone.