Why Music Therapy?
“Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life. You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.”
Music Therapy can be used to enhance a number of areas of an individual's development and functioning and be a connecting medium for those who need extra support.
Therapeutic interventions such as singing, instrumental play, musical games, songwriting or improvisation may be involved in a Music Therapy session, with each session tailored to suit individual clients, as well as family and peer groups.
Unlike music education, Music Therapy is focused on functional goals to develop an individual's well-being and health.
Individual's can focus on learning about and developing important concepts and skills such as:
Cognition and language
Speech and communication
Gross and fine motor skills
Social skills and greater self-confidence
Improved self-regulation and control
Overall health and wellbeing
As a bonus, Music Therapy is an appealing medium for an individual to engage with whilst working on these skills, as it is interactive, and driven by the client's musical preferences.
For more information on Music Therapy, please visit the Australian Music Therapy Association website.