Music's ability to evoke emotion, memory and metaphor creates opportunities for us to impart ourselves upon it.
Through utilising its unique motivational and expressive qualities we can communicate and create alongside individuals of all abilities. Expressive music can give us the ability to disregard language completely and still allow us communicate easily. This is particularly useful when working with clients who for a variety of reasons might find it difficult to communicate verbally.
Music Therapist's are trained to analyse musical communication and expression using both psychoanalytic theory and researched techniques.
Once considered we are able to react, develop upon and work towards specific aims created alongside parents, carers and the clients themselves. These techniques help to promote a number of different physical, verbal and social developments as well as improving upon established behavioural routines, personal identity and confidence levels.
Every Music Therapy session is uniquely tailored to the individual and would include the opportunity to create, express and communicate using musical instruments, music technology and the voice itself.
Songs, improvisation, play, discussion, reminiscence, musical metaphor, songwriting, recordings could all be utilised during the process but this is dependant on the clients interest, motivations and aims.
Emotion and Behaviour
To help get the most out of Music Therapy an individual's diagnoses and experiences should be discussed and understood to create personal aims and objectives.
Read more for further information on benefits relevant to specific client groups and conditions via the who can benefit page.
Music Therapy takes place over a series of sessions varying between 30 minutes and 1 hour and can be for both individuals or groups.
Assessment Period - 3 weeks
Ongoing Therapy – regularly reassessed