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What Is Music Therapy?
“The ability to appreciate and respond to music is an inborn quality in human beings. This ability usually remains unimpaired by disability, injury or illness, and is not dependent on musical training.” Association of Professional Music Therapists leaflet
Music therapy is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill or disabled. During the music therapy sessions the therapist will endeavour to engage each person in meaningful musical activity. This will commonly involve the use of a variety of musical instruments including piano, guitar, tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments and voice. The therapists are trained to encourage and respond to the individual’s exploration of sound, providing musical support, addressing personal needs and generally facilitating an environment in which individuals can feel safe to openly express themselves.
Music therapists practising in Britain normally use jointly improvised music to create, develop and sustain a purposeful working relationship between the therapist and client. By responding musically and supporting the client’s exploration of sound, the therapist helps to develop the individual’s communication skills and encourages the processes of growth and discovery.
In addition to traditional instruments, a broad selection of percussion and ethnic instruments are made available. These can all be used creatively by anyone, irrespective of formal musical skills.