Types of music therapies


The different types of music therapies such as active, receptive and functional music therapy.

Alternative labels

types of music therapy
forms of music therapy
classification of music therapy types

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Types of music therapies is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Music therapist: Music therapists use music-therapeutic interventions to treat patients with behavioural disorders and pathogenic conditions to prevent, mitigate or eliminate symptoms and to change behaviours and attitudes requiring treatment. They promote and maintain or restore the development, maturity and health of the patient/client by music-therapeutic interventions. Music therapy especially provides help for people with with emotional, somatic, intellectually or socially induced behavioural disorders and pathogenic conditions, such as psychoses (schizophrenic disorders, bipolar disorders) and personality development disorders.

Optional knowledge

Types of music therapies is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Recreational therapist: Recreational therapists offer treatment to persons who have behavioural disorders or conditions. They use techniques and interventions such as art, music, animals and dance to promote, maintain and restore the development and health of the patient.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022