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What is music therapy?

Music therapy uses music and sounds where words may be difficult to find. Our qualified music therapists use music making to help people communicate, express themselves and start building relationships.

Everyone responds to music and this is often unaffected by disability and illness. Music therapy is a creative way of working that is open to everyone, whatever challenges they may be facing.

How can music therapy help?

The aims of music therapy will vary depending on each individual. A music therapist will work with someone to identify areas to develop and support, this can change depending on each person’s changing needs. 

Music therapy can help with:

  • Developing communication skills
  • Encouraging self-expression
  • Developing confidence and self-esteem
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Helping to regulate feelings

What happens in a session?

In a music therapy session a wide selection of easy to use instruments is made available. The music therapist listens carefully and creatively supports people to make sounds. No previous experience of music is necessary. Through sharing sounds and music together a positive relationship can develop, bringing opportunities for new ways to communicate.

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"I feel that music therapy has really benefited D. She has definitely improved her concentration. Her speech has also really come on and she is now saying a couple of words together. We are very grateful D has had this opportunity."
Mother of 5 year old with ADHD and global developmental delay

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