What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a growing profession and there are approximately 700 qualified and registered therapists practising throughout the UK. It is a professional title which is protected by law and Music Therapists are not only highly trained musicians but are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after completing a Post-graduate Master’s Degree.
Music Therapy is a psychological intervention which can support a persons health and well-being. Supporting emotional development, communication, social interactions and also fine and gross motor skills. Music is used to promote connections and relationships between therapist and client or clients by using a wide range of accessible musical instruments and voice. Therapist’s approach their work in different ways, depending on the needs of the client and that of the therapists theoretical training background.
Who benefits from Music Therapy?
Music Therapy can benefit anyone of any age in many different settings. Music Therapy support can be found in schools, hospitals, hospices, children’s centres, prisons, pupil referral units, and day centres.
Music Therapy supports:
- Early Years (mother and/or baby groups, under 5’s)
- Children and Young People
- those with Learning Difficulties
- those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
- those with Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)
- Mental Health Care
- Older people
Music Therapist’s often work within a multi-disciplinary team along side speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and also other arts therapists (art, drama, play, and music).