Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. The title music therapist can only be used by those registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Music therapy is a method of creative communication which takes place within a therapeutic relationship developed over a series of regular sessions. These sessions can be 1:1 or in a group environment. Music is essentially a social activity which involves communication, listening and sharing. A music therapist is trained to observe the underlying needs and behaviours of the client. It is often used when verbal skills are limited due to physical or learning disability. Through working together in a safe environment, the creation of a place to explore and express feelings is nurtured.
Making connections through music can have a positive impact on:
- sense of identity
- communication skills
- social skills
Although music therapy does not directly teach musical skills, it contributes to musical development by encouraging:
- awareness of pitch and rhythm
- vocal confidence
- spontaneity and creativity
- improved listening skills
- greater concentration
Music Therapy at Prospect House is delivered by Catherine Stiles. Below you will find useful links to additional activities and a Youtube Channel with activities and songs.
Nordoff Robbins Music Makers: