Music Therapy is a therapeutic treatment with the use of music to address the specific difficulties of an individual, whether an adult or a child. Their difficulties may vary from physical disability to learning/cognitive difficulties, from mental health issues to terminal illness, from emotional and behavioural problems to communication disorders. It is based predominantly on improvised music in which the children / the patients can express themselves, become aware of their feelings and interact more easily.
Music therapy is based on the understanding that the ability to respond to music remains unimpaired by disability or illness. Music therapy helps children and adults to explore the world of sound and rhythm and develop their own personal ways of communicating and expressing their emotions. It improves communication skills, awareness, motivation, confidence and creativity, enabling them to fulfill their potential.
Music therapy is an interactive, primarily non-verbal intervention. Music therapy can provide new insights into a child’s/patient's functioning. In music therapy sessions, interactive music is spontaneously created by the child/the patient and the therapist. Any form of communication from the child/the patient is responded to and supported with music or word. This communication could include the child’s/the patient's music, vocal sounds, movement, words or facial expression.
In working with children, the aims of music therapy are primarily non-musical and are determined by the needs of each child, i.e. providing emotional support, developing skills such as listening, sharing and turn-taking, developing co-ordination and motor control and many more. Music therapy thus contributes to a child’s overall development, enabling him or her to reach their full potential in all setting.
Our music therapy service will offer individual (1:1) and group assessment and on-going treatment sessions according to the needs of each child. We also provide the following services:
- Liaising with other professionals
- Liaising with the child’s parents/carers
- Providing written reports for annual reviews
- Attending case meetings and reviews
- Providing information to staff about music therapy
In working with adults, with mental health or medical conditions, the aims of music therapy are; helping a patient develop insight into the meaning of their behavior, developng the capacity to manage feelings, overcoming trauma, working through wmotional problems, and other more. It improves communication skills, awareness, motivation, confidence and creativity, enabling them to fulfill their potential.