Music Therapy is used with individuals of all ages, including those with physical, learning, social or emotional difficulties on an individual or group basis.
It is used with young people (clients) therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioural and social functioning. Music Therapy offers clients a wide range of musical experiences with a view to affect change and facilitate growth for the child, in areas of communication, social/emotional, sensory motor and cognitive skills.
Music Therapy offers the client a safe creative space to explore and express their feelings, emotions, and experiences through music. It gives the opportunity for both verbal and non-verbal communication. It offers a unique approach and alternative experience to the client.
The therapeutic relationship develops within the safe space of the Music Therapy Session. The role of the Music Therapist is to observe and listen, while acknowledging, supporting, and developing the client’s musical expressions.
The client and Music Therapist use sound, music and silence as a basis for communication.
The Main Principals
To provide a safe, supportive, containing, and non-judgmental space. This facilitates and empowers the clients to express themselves.
Music Therapy is not music teaching, but involves interactive improvisation as a means to enabling the client.
It is the process of music making which is important, not the musical product; this in turn fosters independence and self-esteem for the client.