This presentation will provide an introduction to the general practice of music therapy in the United States and will focus on how music therapy is applied for the benefit of adults from mid-life to the end-of-life. Established as a health service in the United States in the mid-1950’s, music therapy has grown as a health profession recognized and practiced in all 50 states and around the world.
Board certified music therapists see a broad range of clients that include premature infants, children of all ages, adolescents, adults, and the aged as they approach final days at the end of life. This broad range of populations presents a wide variety of physical, psychological, developmental, and emotional health challenges. How can music be therapeutic for them all?
A scientific rationale for the use of music in therapy will be outlined that is based in a music therapy model known as Neurologic Music Therapy. Neuroscience in the past 15 years has shown in measurable terms how the elements of music affect the brain. The benefits that music offers people go beyond the simple pleasure most of us take in having music in our lives. The planned use of music can and does move patients toward their functional health goals and objectives, including maintaining quality of life.
This lecture is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life Program Series that covers health and well being, planning for the future, following one’s spirit, and other interesting topics for the second half of life. This program series is sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Monterey Public Library or the City of Monterey.
Cathy Rivera, MS, MM, MT-BC (music therapist-board certified) Biography: Cathy Rivera earned BS and MS degrees from the University of California, Davis in the 1980’s and enjoyed a 22-year career in plant biotechnology. A lifelong musician, she returned to school to study neurologic music therapy at Colorado State University in 1999. She completed a master’s in music and became board certified as a music therapist in 2003. Cathy currently works with clients diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, Alzheimer’s, brain injury and progressive aphasia. She sees clients in her home studio, at private residences, in an acute care facility, and at a community adult day center. She can be contacted at: www.musicmindmusictherapy.com and at 831-915-7260.