What We Do

Is Music Therapy the same as music lessons?

No!  Music lessons involves learning to read music and play an instrument.  Music Therapy can be described as a musical conversation between child and a music therapist.

OK, so what is Music Therapy?

Music is universal in its appeal and everyone regardless of race, culture, and disability responds to the harmony, melody and rhythm.  It is used therapeutically to help each child develop and achieve their full potential.  A professional Music Therapist employed by EMT provides the service.

The overall aims of Music Therapy are:-

  • Increasing the child's concentration span.
  • Encouraging communication skills either verbal or signed.
  • Improving relationships with peers, family members and other adults such as teachers.
  • Helping with physical skills eg using limbs and co-ordinating involuntary movements.
  • Helping towards milestones in child development eg babbling and the ability to play spontaneously.
  • Helping children express inner feelings and explore complex emotions and deal with challenging behaviour.

The Therapist describes "Our Activities in a Music Therapy Session"

Listening and relaxing to music, music and movement activities, rap, and music theatre are examples of musical expression and involvement. Percussion instruments and props encourage children to engage and explore their musicality and creative potential at their own pace and developmental stage. The sessions offer a structure helping reduce anxiety and promoting participation:

  • Greeting / Hello Song signalling that the session is starting and each child welcomed individually.
  • Singing activities promotes communication either verbal or signing skills, and stimulates physical and emotional responses.
  • Percussion Group: involves children in the music-making process; enables rhythmic activities, introduces musical styles, invites memories of previous sessions, promotes sharing space and time and social skills.
  • Individual Musical Improvisation: encourages the child to experiment and explore their natural musicality and interact with the therapist who supports and channels creative energy and emotions.
  • Musical Stories: encourages team work, stimulates the imagination, promotes language skills self expression and vocalisations, increases understanding.
  • Goodbye ritual/song signals the end of the session and moving on to something else.