Music Therapy


  • “Where words fail, music speaks.”

    ~Hans Christian Andersen

  • “I would teach children music, physicas and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

    ~Plato

  • “Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child’s potential for development.”

    ~Dr Clive Robbins

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Music therapy is an allied health profession alongside occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. It is an evidence-based practice which uses music-based interventions to improve and support every aspect of a person – physical skills, cognitive functioning, psychological and emotional functioning, speech development, social interaction and communication.

• Improving Social Skills
• Expressing Emotions
• Increasing Self-Confidence
• Improving Fine and Gross Motor Skills
• Facilitating Relaxation Coping with Loss
• Increasing Concentration

A family-centered approach guides the music therapist’s assessment and observations of a child’s abilities, working alongside with the child’s family to set goals. In addition, the therapist implements a plan that would improve the child’s ability to learn, to self-regulate, to build connections with others as well as to develop self-confidence. The music therapy sessions will incorporate a range of music making methods, such as creating songs, singing, drumming, playing instruments, listening and moving to music. Depending on the individual needs of the client, the music therapist would recommend for the client to attend an individual or group music therapy sessions.

Music therapy is different from music education and music entertainment as it focuses on the health, functioning and wellbeing of a person, in which music is used as a symbol of emotional and personal growth rather than as a cognitive skill-set to be learned and practised. Music is the medium for engagement and interaction between the child, the family and the therapist. There are no pre-requisites to ‘be musical’ in order to engage in music therapy.

Click on the links below to learn more about music therapy:
Music therapist works to give children with Autism a voice
The Lifeline in Music Therapy

Meet our Music Therapist. If you would like to make an appointment, click here.