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Music Therapy

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What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is intentionally used, with the aim of creating positive changes in function, health and well-being.

Here, we believe music makes life better and are committed to using a flexible, inclusive and strengths-based approach to the therapy we offer.


Who provides Music Therapy?

Registered Music therapists are trained at university to understand the psychology of music and how it can affect both the brain and body. They are members of the Australian Music Therapy Association and as such adhere to a code of ethics and regularly engage in supervision and expanding their professional skills. Music therapists are also competent musicians who can sing and play instruments.  


Do I need to be musical to participate in music therapy?

You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Registered music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to a person’s individual needs and goals (source


What happens in a music therapy session?

Music will be used to help you work towards achieving your non-musical goals. You might participate with music actively or receptively. Sessions can address a wide range of needs and you will always be included in deciding what the goals of therapy are for yourself, or your loved one.


During music therapy you might:


  • Listen to music

  • Sing

  • Play instruments

  • Write songs and record them

  • Talk about music or song lyrics

  • Experience relaxation or mindfulness using music

  • Create musical playlists

  • Play musical games

  • Move to music

  • Learn musical skills 

  • Learn how to use music in your everyday life


Who is music therapy for?

Music therapy can support people of any ability or background. It is beneficial for people of all ages, from newborn children through to older adults. Music therapy is often accessed to help with:


  • Speech & communication

  • Mental health & mood 

  • Body movement & motor skills 

  • Confidence & social skills

  • Cognitive skills like learning, planning & attention

  • Quality of life & wellbeing

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