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What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program

(AMTA, 2009)

How does Music Therapy work?

A trained music therapist uses music techniques and methods to provide tailor-made interventions for the client.


These may be in the form of individual or group music therapy sessions that typically involve four elements of sound namely rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics employed intentionally to promote the individual’s health and wellbeing.


What do Music Therapists do?

Music therapists use music to address the therapeutic goals of the client using specific methods and techniques to engage musically with the individual.

What interventions are used?

Techniques in music therapy might range from relatively free to more systematic ones. These may be receptive (where the client is a recipient of the music experience) or active music making through methods like improvisation & song-writing.

What are the areas of work?

Music Therapy works across varying age groups be it with tiny babies in neonatal care to adults nearing the end of their lives. Areas of work include autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, mental health, neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, and survivors of stroke. The aim of the intervention is to add to the quality of life for individuals with illness or disability.

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