Music therapy is a type of creative therapy that involves listening to and/or playing music. The therapy utilises the social and communicative nature of music to foster self-awareness, communication skills, and self-esteem and aims to facilitate positive changes in behaviour.
No musical experience or skill is required, making music therapy very accessible. However, it should be noted that music therapy should not be a substitute for music lessons and that the aim isn’t to teach you to play music but to use the music to help you express yourself.
Your music therapist may encourage you to take part by singing or playing an instrument, and you may be asked how the music being played makes you feel. Sometimes other sensory props (for example feathers) may be introduced; this can be especially true when dealing with children or those with disabilities. Some music therapists may ask you to make up a piece of music or write a song.
Music therapy is particularly beneficial for children and families, those with learning difficulties, those with a Neuro-disability, those on the autistic spectrum, those with dementia, those with anxiety and depression, and those with schizophrenia.