Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an evidenced based profession where registered therapists use therapeutic music methods to achieve clients social, emotional, physical and psychological goals. Music is one of the few known activities that stimulates nearly all parts of the brain and therapist’s utilise this cognitive stimulation to achieve client’s goals. It is an Allied Health Profession and is supported by the NDIS under the categories of Therapeutic Supports and Early Childhood Interventions. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.

Our music therapist will work collaboratively with clients and their families to develop a personalised program that reflects their musical interests to support their goals. It is person centred and resource orientated, that is, therapists utilise clients existing abilities and resources around them to create sustainable long term effects even after therapy has ended. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing. No prior musical skills are required to participate in therapy. 

In music therapy we use sound to connect children with the world around them. We
utilise children’s strengths and aim to provide a therapy that is enjoyable for both them and
their families. Methods we can use to achieve goals include song writing, improvisation, using
client’s favourite music and relaxation listening.
Some goals include;
•  Connecting with others
Engaging in activity for
longer
Emotional wellbeing
• Emotional Regulation
• Joint attention
• Choice
• Creativity
• Self-Expression
• Self Confidence
• Mental Health
• Turn Taking
• Waiting
• Leading/following
• Gross and fine motor movements
• Engaging in play with others

What is an AMTA?

A Registered Music Therapist, or RMT, is the Australian professional status signifying that the individual has successfully completed an accredited course of study in music therapy at an Australian tertiary institution, or equivalent overseas, and continues to maintain their skills through approved professional development.