What is music therapy?
Music therapy is a clinical intervention to support psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. Everyone has the ability to respond to music. Music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication, through the engagement in live musical interaction between client and therapist.
In music therapy, people can use a wide range of accessible instruments and their voices to create a musical language which reflects their emotional and physical condition. Music therapists use music as a tool for communication and expression. Therapists also draw upon the musical components of rhythm, melody and tonality in music to support clients within a therapeutic relationship.
Making connections through music can:
- facilitate communication skills and social skills
- improve self-confidence
- enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
- have a positive impact on self-esteem