What is music therapy? Music therapy is an evidence based health care profession where music is used to assist or motivate a person towards specific non music goals. Music therapists are highly trained, work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and are employed by schools, hospitals, respite homes, mental health and community settings, privately and by local authorities. Therapists are regulated by the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists. For more information about music therapy visit our FAQ page.
What do we do? Music therapists use their training as musicians, clinicians, and researchers to effect changes in cognitive, physical, communication, social interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, emotional skills and personal development. Music therapists conduct client assessments, develop treatment plans, implement therapy processes/treatment plans and evaluate progress. Sessions can be held on a one to one or group basis and can also include families. Clients are empowered and human capabilities are enhanced through music. Click here to have a more detailed look at the services I provide.
Why choose music therapy? Music is a part of all our lives. When we pause for a moment and think about music and our own lives we quickly realise that music is always there: on the radio, TV, in movies, at school, in our homes, at parties, weddings and funerals. Music is always there. Music moves people. It connects people in ways no other medium can. It is a universal language, it is non verbal, multi modal, relational and because of this people can engage regardless of age, diagnosis , illness or disability. Music transcends, it seeks out ability. Music is a therapeutic tool. A therapeutic relationship is formed through music. Music is used to achieve maximum client participation where no musical experience is needed. Musical experiences can include hello, goodbye songs, singing or vocalising, improvised musical play, improvisation, playing various percussion and melodic instruments, and listening to music. Click here for more information on who can benefit most from music therapy.