Music has always been a powerful tool for expression and has the capacity to touch emotions deeply. Music therapy is based on the understanding that the ability to respond to and experience oneself through music is an inborn quality.
Music therapy is a process in which music and sound are used creatively to establish and develop a relationship between therapist and student, they improvise freely together and communicate with each other through their shared music. This provides a safe and supportive environment in which feelings can be experienced and shared.
The aim of the music therapist is to be closely involved with the development of the young person and help them achieve their full potential.
- Encourages communication skills
- Helps the student to relate to others and build mutually rewarding relationships.
- Develops a positive and creative means of expressing feelings that, for whatever reasons, cannot be put into words.
- Provides an opportunity for the development of interactive skills, physical and perceptual ability, as well as a positive experience of self, which can promote self-esteem and motivation.
- Develops individuality, self awareness, motivation, confidence, initiative, creativity and choice.