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Music Therapy


What is music therapy?

…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. Australian Music Therapy Association

The use of music in a therapeutic relationship between:

  • client and a Registered Music Therapist (individuals)
  • clients and others e.g. partners, families, colleagues and a Registered Music Therapist (groups)

Why music therapy?

Scientific research-based evidence demonstrates the benefits of music on health, functioning and wellbeing.

  1. music benefits some people just like other interventions : ot, physio, psychology, speech pathology
  2. sometimes music works when all else fails
  3. music can be non-verbal, non-language and sub conscious
  4. music can help with communication and expression
  5. music can assist with anxiety & stress through relaxation and mindfulness
  6. music can be used for ambience
  7. music can be used one-on-one or for groups for social interaction and relationship building

Role of Registered Music Therapist (mandatory)

  • MT is a 2nd degree, qualified through recognised University course. First degree requires Music and psychology qualifications; Registered with Australian Music Therapy Association; Continued approved Professional Learning

Initial steps

  • Referral based – written or verbal. Recommendations from professionals, family, carers or self-referrals
  • RMT & clients establish relationship and talk about music and music therapy
  • Assess clients’ musical background, interests, needs and aspirations, capacity to commit, availability
  • Assess clients’ wellbeing and health condition (any referred diagnosis)


Conditions can include mental health issues, PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, stress, anger, dementia related illness, PD, MS, motor neurone disease, rehab, acquired brain injury, post-surgery recovery, family difficulties, death & dying

Ways of working

  • Individuals one-on-one
  • Individuals with partner, interpreter, volunteer, professional, family
  • Family groups e.g. mother /baby attachment; small and large groups; combined groups; intergenerational
  • Multidisciplinary team approach- staff (internal and external) and family, volunteers
  • Collaborative projects with organisations, community, universities with additional sourced funding

Music Therapy Interventions

  • E.g. Improvisation, movement, playing instruments, singing, song writing


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