A Music Therapist working with EMT uses music to form a therapeutic dialogue with each child to support them to reach their potential. Therapists see children with a wide variety of disabilities and additional needs including:

  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Social and Communication Difficulties
  • Psychosocial and Emotional needs
  • Loss and Bereavement

Therapy sessions aim to nurture spontaneous responses to rhythm, sound, and music-making, using music-based therapeutic approaches to meet individual needs.

The therapist helps the child/young person make links in a dynamic way between how they play out their feelings and access their emotions, increasing self-awareness and creativity.

The universal language of music makes the therapeutic process accessible to children/young people from diverse cultures and languages.


Music Therapy is different from a Music Lesson

Music lessons involve learning to read music and play an instrument. Music therapy can be described as a musical conversation between the child and the Music Therapist.

Music Therapy:

  • Provides a safe and confidential space for children/young people
  • Uses therapeutic goals to assess the child’s progress
  • Is Child-centred and Child-led with Individual Educational Plans and Targets
  • Uses music as a tool for development
  • Is used to effect change through making and sharing musical experiences

Music Therapy – Why a Child/Young Person May Be Referred

Referrals are from a range of psychosocial and emotional needs including:

  • Behavioural difficulties which inhibit social relationships and learning.
  • Communication and social difficulties
  • Difficulties with self-expression
  • Withdrawn/isolated behaviour
  • Attention difficulties
  • Inability to regulate emotions
  • Experience of loss/bereavement
  • Experience of changes in school or home life which effect emotional well being

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