Learn about music therapy

A wide range of children may benefit from music therapy – those who have been bereaved, children who are living with a disabled or ill sibling or children who may be ill themselves.

Music therapy offers a safe, secure space where children are not under instruction but maybe helped to use all their capabilities for making sounds, encouraging new ways of communicating their needs and feelings.

Accessible musical instruments are chosen and arranged with a particular child in mind. Rather than teaching the child to sing or play an instrument, the therapist allows the child the freedom to express themselves through sounds, gestures and words.

Any form of communication is responded to and supported with music or words, thereby creating a musical dialogue. By observing, listening and playing with the child, insight is sought into how the child seems to be feeling. These insights form the basis to the therapy process.

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