Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a professional allied health discipline that uses music as a tool to address a range of emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs.

It draws on the ability of music to motivate and engage students towards achievement of their therapeutic goals.

Music Therapy assists in strengthening abilities and developing skills so they can be transferred to other areas of a student’s life.

The goals of music therapy for students may include using music to:
• facilitate communication and social skills
• develop emotional expression
• build self-confidence
• increase awareness
• develop motor skills
• provide opportunities for stimulation
• improve quality of life

The music therapy methods used to meet these goals can include:
• Instrumental playing
• Improvisation
• Singing and vocal activities
• Movement to music
• Recording
• Song writing
• Use of music technology
• Music listening
• Educational/instructional songs
• Music sensory activities

Bass Coast Specialist school employs a qualified music therapist (RMT) who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association.

The music therapist works across the school group and individual sessions, and collaborates with other therapy and teaching staff to provide a consistent approach to active learning in special education.

The music therapy program also assists in the planning of special music performances including: in-house school concerts, Para-eisteddfod and visiting guest artists.

Helpful links

Australian Music Therapy Association website
Music therapy in special education