It’s a well-known fact that music has the power to motivate and calm and is engaging for all senses. When used in a therapeutic situation, music is an enjoyable medium to achieve targeted goals and objectives. Music therapy offers the chance to succeed and have fun.
The Australian Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as:
“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."
Music therapy goals are specifically designed for the individual after an assessment process and reviewed regularly. Goals from other therapy programs can also be reinforced in music therapy for a holistic approach. Some goal examples are:
RMT attending client’s home, school, or a treatment room and provides 1:1 program
Weekly session for 30-60minutes (time depends on age and assessment)
The Music Therapy Process includes
(include but are not limited to)