What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients improve their physical and mental health.

Music therapy is based upon the development of a relationship between the therapist and client who communicate, not always but mostly, through music making. For the clients, no previous experience of music is necessary and the music therapist does not teach their clients to sing or play a musical instrument. Instead client and therapist improvise together in order to create a shared connection and evoke responses.

In Pembrokeshire and the surrounding counties there is currently no music therapy provision to support those affected by illness, disability or mental health. Music Therapy Wales strives to offer support and help to the lives of those who have additional needs.

The British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) define music therapy as:

“an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered music therapists, to help people of all ages, whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs”

(www.bamt.org)

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