The Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines Music Therapy as a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.
You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from Music Therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.
Music Therapy is practiced in a wide range of settings, these can include:
Each Music Therapist will tailor their programs in collaboration with their participants based on their settings and goals/objectives.
Anyone of any age can benefit from Music Therapy. It can help people who may be having difficulties (including mental, intellectual, physical, emotional, or social) or who want to enhance their wellbeing.
Some examples of populations include:
Music Therapy sessions are held face-to-face. Music Therapists design and structure each session to accomodate the strengths and needs of the participant, and employ a range of music therapy methods. A session may include:
Registered Music Therapists (RMTs) are university-trained professionals who normally hold a Master of Music Therapy degree. They are governed by an ethics code that guides their work and draw on a large body of research.
This short video provides some background information on Music Therapy's ability to support disabled children.
This video explains the role of music therapy in supporting the needs of disabled children.
A short video with Registered Music Therapists explaining their role in health care.