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What is Music Therapy ?
There are different approaches to the use of music in therapy. Depending on the needs of the client and the orientation of the therapist, different aspects of the work may be emphasised. Fundamental to all approaches, however, is the development of a relationship between the client and therapist. Music-making forms the basis for communication in this relationship.
As a general rule both client and therapist take an active part in the sessions by playing, singing and listening. The therapists does not teach the client to sing or play an instrument. Rather, clients are encouraged to use accessible percussion and other instruments and their own voices to explore the world of sound and to create a musical language of their own. By responding musically, the therapist is able to support and encourage this process.
The music played covers a wide range of styles in order to complement the individual needs of each client. Much of the music is improvised, thus enhancing the individual nature of each relationship. Through whatever form the therapy takes, the therapist aims to facilitate positive changes in behaviour and emotional well-being. He or she also aims to help the client to develop an increased sense of self-awareness, and thereby to enhance his or her quality of life. The process may take place in individual or group music therapy sessions.
In what sort of environment does Music Therapy take place ?
For music therapy to be most effective, certain conditions are essential. They are:
Who is Music Therapy for ?
Music therapists work with adults and children of all ages. People who can benefit from music therapy include:
How can Music Therapy help ?
Where do Music Therapists work ?
Music therapists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, special schools, day centres, the community, the prison service and in private practice.
This means that they may be employed by the National Health Service, local education authority or the Department of Social Services. Some may be funded by charitable organisations or trusts or be self-employed.
In all work settings, music therapists function as part of a multi-disciplinary team, their observations adding greatly to the understanding of each client’s needs, abilities or problems.
How many Music Therapists work in the UK ?
Music therapy has become established as a profession during the last 30 years and there are now more than 600 registered music therapists in the UK belonging to the Association of Professional Music Therapists (APMT).
RESPONSIBLE/REGULATING BODIESAssociation of Professional Music Therapists : www.apmt.org
Source : Association of Professional Music Therapists
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