Music Therapy

Music therapy is the evidenced based therapeutic application of music and musical elements within a therapeutic relationship in a process designed to address needs, develop potentials and improve quality of life in relation to emotional, cognitive, social, communicative, spiritual and physical functioning. Music therapy focuses on prevention, development, treatment and/or rehabilitation.

Registered music therapists work with people of all ages, and with individuals, groups, and communities. In all instances the use of music is clinically informed, and involves a variety of techniques that include musical improvisation, performance, composition, movement, vocalisation and listening. In some instances the musical activities may extend towards and include, extra-musical elements such as talking, drama, art and story-telling.

The dynamic nature of the musical medium demands ongoing evaluation and assessment and reviewing of the relevance of
therapeutic goals.