Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music within a therapeutic relationship. It addresses physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Music Therapy provides a variety of avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the Music Therapist sets personal objectives for the client. often in conjunction with the person taking part, their relatives or carers, and other professionals. To reach these objectives, each session could include creating, singing, active music-making, moving to and listening to music. These aims can change as the client progresses and the format that the music therapy takes will develop, according to the needs of the individual.
Research in Music Therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
People engage in Music Therapy in a way that’s right for them. Sessions can be one-to-one, or in small or large groups. Sometimes family members, friends or carers join the sessions. Our clients usually attend Music Therapy for at least a year, although this depends on their responses and progress.
The work can involve:
- Playing different instruments
- Playing / listening to music you know and enjoy, or music made up on the spot
- Writing songs
- Rehearsing and performing
The music therapy profession is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and represented by the British Association for Music Therapy.
Find out more about where Nordoff Robbins Scotland provides Music Therapy.