Instrument play is used to explore musical knowledge, cognitive, and motor skills, as well as building confidence
Goal areas may include:
Musical knowledge skills—Improving instrument playing, sound identification/localization, musicianship skills
Cognitive skills—identifying colors, letters, and improving literacy skills
Gross/Fine Motor skills—range of motion, palmar and pincer grasp, crossing midline, bilateral motion, and muscle relaxation
Confidence building—improving the ability to perform and increasing self-expression in a non-threatening environment.
Therapuetic music interventions include:
Sensory exploration: Using a variety of instruments and tools that improve self-regulation and motor skills
Functional instrument play: Independently playing an instrument to improve motor, musical knowledge, cognitive, and confidence building skills.
Singing: Using call-and-response, performing, and singing to improve cognitive, motor, musical knowledge and confidence building skills.