WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music therapy is an evidence-based allied health practice, where music is used as a therapeutic tool to actively support individuals in improving their health, functioning & wellbeing. Music Therapy is the intentional use of music, which is facilitated by a Registered Music Therapist (RMT). RMT’s are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) & are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice. Through a therapeutic relationship, RMT’s incorporate a wide range of music-based interventions to help individuals develop & achieve personal goals across the following domains:
Treatment sessions can be catered for individuals or groups based on specific client needs & can include; music improvisation, turn-taking, therapeutic song-writing, lyric analysis, music & imagery, receptive music listening, song-sharing, & learning through music.
Music therapy is different from music education & entertainment because it focuses on health, functioning & wellbeing. Music education aims to teach & improve on musical skills, whereas Music Therapy uses music as a tool for growth, healing & self-expression. Music Therapy also has the added benefit of social interaction, which differentiates it from simply listening to pre-recorded music.
Music therapy for children & adolescents is a very fun, sustainable & engaging way to build resilience, strengthen communication skills, stimulate important areas of growth & development & meet educational goals. Additionally, it is a unique way to increase community engagement & assist in family connectedness.