Janice Harris

Janice M. Harris, MA, MT-BC, is a Fellow of the Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy and a Board Certified Music Therapist with over 14 years’ experience providing music therapy for a variety of populations and settings.

Use Music to Help Your Child Develop Skills

Tweet Children with developmental or neurological disorders have many challenges to overcome, but can still learn new skills. It is important that we check our assumptions about what someone is capable of, because they may exceed our expectations, given the opportunity.

Music Therapy and Autism

Tweet Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and in a variety of ways. Typically, people with autism have a lack of or delay in spoken language, repetitive motor or language behaviors, little or no eye contact, lack of interest in socializing, inability to make-believe, and fixation on parts of objects. People with […]

Music Therapy and End of Life

Tweet No matter what your religious affiliation or beliefs are, the end of someone’s life can be a very spiritual experience. Music therapists are honored to be a part of this, usually receiving referrals from a hospice. In this stage, frequently our clients are unable to communicate what kind of music they prefer, so the […]

Music Therapy with Older Adults

Tweet At this stage of life, many people are experiencing health difficulties, which may include Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Stroke, Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Arthritis, Diabetes, or other chronic illnesses. Music Therapy techniques can help restore motor functioning, cognitive functioning, or speech/language skills that are affected by these conditions. Here are some examples […]

Music Therapy for Adults

Tweet Music Therapy benefits are not just for children–it works across the lifespan. Many adults experience stress; music can help reduce stress. Listen to some of your favorite music and dance or relax to it. You’ll either be getting exercise by dancing or lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and the amount of stress hormones […]

Music Therapy and Teenagers

Tweet At this stage of life, music preferences are shaped by what our friends like and tend to move away from what our parents like. It is important to find out what kind of music your teen is listening to and to talk about the messages in the music. What we listen to throughout the […]

Music Therapy and the School-aged Child

Tweet At this age, music as therapy is used mostly for children with disabilities. It may be offered in school districts, if the Music Therapy Assessment determines that it is educationally necessary as a related service. In this case, music therapy is provided directly to the child, who is pulled out of the classroom to […]

Music Therapy for Toddlers

Tweet Children in this stage are developing skills very quickly. They are learning to communicate, acquiring motor skills, and developing social behaviors. Music can help foster these skills, because of the intrinsic properties of music and because music is fun and motivating.