What To Expect From A Music Therapy Session?

Music therapists support the client’s communications with a bespoke combination of improvised or pre-composed instrumental music and voice, either sung or spoken. Individual and group sessions are provided in many settings such as hospitals, schools, hospices and care homes.
The aim of each session is entirely dependent upon the needs of each client and does not follow a strict form or routine. Each session is client-led and the therapist supports and encourages the client moment-by-moment.

Within each therapy session, both group and 1:1, the therapist will:

– Agree therapy objectives with the client/carer
– Plan, Review and Assess sessions to monitor effectiveness
– Take an active role by playing, singing and listening
– Encourage clients to take part in the sessions and support them by responding both musically and verbally
– Encourage clients to use a range of accessible instruments and their own voice to express themselves
– Improvise to music as a reaction to what the client is communicating
– Record therapy sessions where appropriate and with the consent of the client(s)
– Support the clients personal development and facilitate positive changes in behaviour and well-being
– Use appropriate instruments in order to improve mobility and fine motor skills for clients
– Help the client develop and increase self-awareness
– Assess the music and non-musical behaviours of the client

Useful Information

Link to the British Association of Music Therapy website www.bamt.org
Link to Health Care Professions Council www.hcpc-uk.co.uk

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