Music Therapy is a health care profession that combines psychology and the art of music to improve the quality of life of a person of any age and level of ability. Music therapists use music based methods to address a person's physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each Music Therapy programme is carefully designed, planned and evaluated. Sessions can take place on a one-to-one basis or in group settings. By using a variety of techniques (e.g. singing, instrument playing, movement to music, song-writing, song reminiscence, lyric analysis), the therapist works towards the goals that are specifically created for the individual or group, upon assessment of the clients' strengths, needs and personal preferences. In a Music Therapy session client and therapist create music together. Sessions are usually client-led, interactive and dynamic, however sometimes receptive methods are used. Based on the age and needs of the client, a session usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the attention span and focus of the client.
A large body of international research and clinical work on the field has demonstrated the numerous positive outcomes of Music Therapy for people of all ages and levels of ability. Music Therapy can help in Alleviating depression and anxiety, Managing stress, Alleviating pain, Promoting emotional self-expression, Stimulating memory and cognition, Improving communication and speech, Promoting physical rehabilitation and motor skills, Increasing self-regulation, Promoting sensory integration, Increasing wellbeing and quality of life, Developing self-awareness and confidence, Supporting individuals in times of loss / trauma to name a few.
There are no potential side effects or disadvantages to music therapy.