What is Music Therapy?
“the intentional use of music to support people to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing. It is a research-based practice and profession by a university-trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists (RMT) draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.”
Music therapy has been shown to:
- Support Development
- Increase Engagement & Participation
- Promote wellness through managing anxiety and stress, alleviating pain
and promoting relaxation
- Improve physical, cognitive, communication (both verbal and non-verbal),
self-expression and social skills
- Support Learning
- Support Sensory Processing and Develop Self-Regulation
- Enhance Memory
What Does Music Therapy Look Like
Music therapy will look and sound differently for everyone. Usually the music therapist will meet with you, to get to know you through talking and playing music together and to work out what areas you want to focus on in music therapy and what activities will best suit you. Once this assessment is done the music therapist will tailor the sessions to your specific needs.
In a music therapy session you might spend some time talking and some time making music through singing or playing instruments. Sometimes you will move or dance to music, and sometimes you will listen to music. Often you will work on activities across several sessions, sometimes you will just do something once. Music therapy sessions are flexible and can be adapted to meet your needs on any particular day, as well as focus on what is going to benefit you over the long term.
Our Music Therapy Activities
- Active music making through singing, vocalising, drumming and instrument playing
- Both structured and unstructured music activities
- Practicing social skills such as listening, turn taking, sharing, being listened to, following instructions and leading interactions
- Opportunities for self-expression and creativity
- Singing and playing familiar music
- Improvising music, or making it up in the moment
- Opportunities for extending and exploring communication skills
- Movement to music
- Music listening
- Discussions about music
- Song writing
- Exploring your own responses to music
- Relaxation and fun!
Please get in touch to discuss this further.