Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. 

Music therapy is a method of creative communication which takes place within a therapeutic relationship developed over a series of regular sessions. These sessions can be 1:1 or in a group environment. Music is essentially a social activity which involves communication, listening and sharing. A music therapist is trained to observe the underlying needs and behaviours of the client. It is often used when verbal skills are limited due to physical or learning disability. Through working together in a safe environment, the creation of a place to explore and express feelings is nurtured.

Making connections through music can have a positive impact on:

  • self-esteem

  • sense of identity

  • communication skills

  • social skills

Although music therapy does not directly teach musical skills, it contributes to musical development by encouraging:

  • awareness of pitch and rhythm

  • vocal confidence

  • spontaneity and creativity

  • improved listening skills

  • greater concentration

Michael Bates