Music therapy is a psychological therapy that aims to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between client and therapist.
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Everyone has the ability to respond to music and sound so a variety of approaches are used. Fundamental to all is the development of a therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. Each usually play an active role in each session with clients being encouraged to use a range of instruments including their own voice. This allows them to explore the world of sound and to create a musical language of their own.
The therapist also aims to enhance the client's quality of life by developing an increase sense of self awareness.
Many people with no specific problem are now using music therapy to gain an insight to themselves. Music can also be a great motivator.
Music therapists work with children and adults of all age ranges and ability including:
They also work in a variety of settings including:
There are occasionally opportunities to work alongside music therapists and other mental health professionals in related roles.