Music therapy session


In this section, you can find the following information:


What happens in music therapy?

Music therapy can address physical, cognitive or communication goals. It also offers a non-verbal means for externalising and working through social and emotional issues that arise as a result of hospitalisation and adjustment to trauma.

Areas addressed in Music Therapy:

  •      Physical and motor skills
  •      Communication (verbal and/or nonverbal)
  •      Cognitive retraining
  •      Relaxation
  •      Stimulation
  •      Pain management
  •      Emotional expression
  •      Social skills
  •      Motivation
  •      Independence
  •      Reality orientation
  •      PTA management
  •      Anxiety management

Music Therapy techniques:

  •      Singing and voice exercises
  •      Playing instruments
  •      Music and relaxation
  •      Music-assisted counselling
  •      Movement to music
  •      Music listening and discussion
  •      Music and imagery
  •      Song sharing (music selection)
  •      Song writing
  •      Improvisation
  •      Composing
  •      Music facilitated life review
  •      Group or individual sessions

What is a registered Music Therapist?

Registered Music Therapists (RMTs) have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in music therapy and must receive 1040 hours of clinical training prior to registration.

RMTs must be registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in order to practise and are bound by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practise of the AMTA. Currently there are over 300 RMTs practicing in Australia.

Music therapists predominantly engage patients with live music and are trained to adapt music to suit the immediate needs of the patient.

Do you take music therapy students?

The music therapy service conducts a Clinical Placement Supervision Program for final year music therapy students from accredited music therapy courses within the Australian Music Therapy Association.

Do you take high school students for work experience?

The Music Therapy Program is unable to accommodate high school students for work experience because of the intensive nature of the work. Each State Branch of the Australian Music Therapy Association has a list of music therapists available for work experience.

Visit the Australian Music Therapy Assocication website and follow the links to state branches from the 'Contact Us' on the menu.

Can you send me information on how music therapy helps in rehabilitation?

We often receive requests for information about music therapy in rehabilitation. This webpage is our attempt to offer broad information to many people. If you have searched this and other sources and still have a specific question we may be able to assist your search.

For general information about music therapy please contact the Australian Music Therapy Association, or search databases for the major research journals - 'Journal of Music Therapy', 'Nordic Journal of Music Therapy', 'Australian Journal of Music Therapy', 'Music Therapy Perspectives' and 'Arts in Psychotherapy'.

You can receive more specific information about music therapy on request, via email, from our department.

What are your qualifications for this work?

The entry-level qualification is the successful completion of a university course accredited with the Australian Music Therapy Association.  For details of training courses, see AMTA's webpage. On completion, music therapists are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc., and bound by their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

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