What Is Music Therapy?

According to the Australian Music Therapy Association:

Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.

Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.

Music therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. They are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.  Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.

Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.

A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is trained and skilled in:

  • assessing individuals and groups to identify abilities and needs.
  • working closely with family and other health professionals to establish a comprehensive understanding of the client.
  • developing goals for the music therapy program which are specific to the client.
  • designing a range of music experiences which have the potential to meet the needs of the client.
  • selecting, implementing and modifying (where necessary) appropriate therapeutic processes, musical experiences and activities in order to meet the evolving needs of the client.
  • evaluating the program to ensure effective outcomes.

To discuss whether music therapy is appropriate for your situation, please contact us.