What is music therapy?

Music is an integral part of human culture all around the world and plays an important role in developing identity. It is a powerful medium in which we can communicate and express ourselves. The music therapist uses qualities of music such as rhythm, pitch, and form to support all individuals regardless of age, gender, and ability.  

Everyone has the ability to respond to music and everyone is able to develop their own relationship with music. The use of musical instruments allows individuals to engage, explore, and develop their own unique sounds. 

The therapeutic relationship between the client and music therapist is an integral part in developing meaningful musical interactions. Music therapy enhances and supports the development of communication skills, sensorimotor skills, self-confidence and self-awareness, and attention and memory.

Who can benefit?

Music therapy can benefit many people regardless of musical ability. By experiencing meaningful creativity through music, it can support but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Attention and memory

  • Behavioural management

  • Communication skills

  • Emotional regulation

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Pain management

  • Relaxation

  • Self-esteem

  • Speech and language skills

  • Stress management

  • Transitions