Music Therapy is the clinical & evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can address a variety of healthcare & educational goals:
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Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.
AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.
That the client or patient has to have some particular music ability to benefit from music therapy -- they do not. That there is one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest -- this is not the case. All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in a client or patient's life. The individual's preferences, circumstances and need for treatment, and the client or patient's goals help to determine the types of music a music therapist may use.
Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as drumming, as well as passive listening for relaxation. Music is often a vital support for physical exercise. Music therapy assisted labor and delivery may also be included in this category since pregnancy is regarded as a normal part of women's life cycles.
TRAINING: Masters in Music Therapy
Southern Methodist University,Dallas, TX
M.M.T., Master of Music Therapy
Graduated Cum Laude.
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
B.A., Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
Graduated Cum Laude
National Board Certification Exam
MT-BC, Music Therapist, Board Certified
Certification #04977 and current
Music has been a consistent part of Nola’s life. She started learning piano in the 2nd grade, was a church organist, and a part of local choirs and bands through high school in her small town mid-western community.
Nola received her Bachelor of Music Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and then completed her 6- month internship working with developmentally delayed and disabled individuals in Denton, Texas. She completed her Master’s degree in music therapy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and her research included the effects of music in treating migraine headaches.
Nola has spent her career working as a Rehabilitation Therapist in behavioral health and recovery facilities. She has taught piano classes for elementary grades while living in California and individual lessons when it was beneficial for the individual. Nola adjusts her teaching style to meet the needs of the individual and offers options to utilize music as the means to help improve behaviors such as: attention span, social and communication skills, self-expression, emotional regulation, stress reduction and self-esteem.
Nola offers Music Therapy in person in Bellingham, WA.
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