What is Neurologic Music Therapy®?
Neurologic Music Therapy® (NMT) is the therapeutic use of music applied to sensory, speech and language, cognitive, and motor dysfunctions after a neurologic event or diagnosis. There is no required musical ability to participate in or benefit from music therapy.
Like other therapeutic disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology, Neurologic Music Therapists provide specific, individualized, and standardized interventions to treat primary goal areas.
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Nick is the dedicated and compassionate founder and owner of Sky Music Therapy, LLC. Earning his degree in Music Therapy from Temple University, Nicholas completed comprehensive supervised clinical training before achieving his Board Certification (MT-BC) status, given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Nick has also earned the designation of Neurologic Music Therapist through the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy®.This designation attests to his skill and expertise in designing and implementing evidence-based neurologic music therapy techniques, specifically tailored to the functional needs and goals of each client/patient. At Sky Music Therapy, LLC, Nicholas leads a team of qualified and passionate music therapists who use music-based interventions focused on rehabilitating and enhancing cognitive, motor, and speech functions. Throughout his career, Nicholas has had the privilege of working with a wide range of populations, including children and adults with developmental disabilities and seniors navigating age-related cognitive and physical changes.
Mikayla earned her Bachelor’s degree at Temple University in the music therapy program with a concentration in classical voice. Mikayla completed her clinical internship with Living Branches, specifically Souderton Mennonite Homes, in Souderton, PA. She has developed wonderful therapeutic skills with multiple populations ranging from infants to older adults. In her work, she strives to provide a caring and therapeutic environment to address the needs of her clients. In addition, she focuses on using music therapy as a safe container for self-expression by using a person-centered humanistic approach. Mikayla is planning on returning to Temple University to complete her Master’s in Music Therapy in Fall 2023. In her free time, she enjoys playing gigs locally, spending time with her family and friends, and reading a good book.
Cognitive treatment - attention, arousal, auditory perception, spatial neglect, executive functioning, and memory. Within these interventions, music provides stimulation and structure to the brain, introduces timing, grouping, and synchronization for better organization, and recruits parallel brain systems.
Speech and language treatment - expressive aphasia, fluency, prosody, apraxia, vocalization, coordination, volume, breath and oral motor control, respiratory strength, dysarthria, articulation, intelligibility, and comprehension. Speech and singing share neural systems, which means that we can use music and singing to positively impact many speech and language goal areas.
Motor treatment - rehabilitation of gait as well as fine and gross motor movements including strength, endurance, balance, range of motion, coordination, and dexterity. By using auditory rhythm to facilitate entrainment, we see an improvement in motor control.