Music therapists work within many different therapeutic frameworks. Through the research for this page, I discovered that all approaches and perspectives mainly targeted the goal of wellbeing, although the way in which music is used, treatment goals are made, and data is collected are all different. The approaches are not mutually exclusive, and while some music therapists stick to only one approach, many follow two or three and others take an eclectic approach pulling bits and pieces from each. No approach is wrong or right, just different and ultimately, we all acknowledge that music is inherently therapeutic and can be used intentionally to improve human experience and well-being.
I do not claim to be an expert on any of these approaches, so if you have any input on these brief synopses, feel free to leave feedback through the Contact Us page.