Music therapy, how it works
It's always best to hear the impact of music therapy from a participant. Leisha Wray explains her experience of music therapy . Originally published via ideas.org.au.
Quite by accident, I discovered how therapeutic drumming can be. I’m more of a strings person. And I thought, (beginners parenting) that my child might follow those traits. After a year of anguish about guitar practice, we took a break from guitar lessons. For a year we did nothing musically.
I am a great believer in the power of learning a musical instrument. I have seen or experienced music
helping with grief
as a coping mechanism in stressful times
help build connections
harnessed as an outlet for energy
serve as exercise
and give a creative outlet.
Then I asked again, what instrument do you think you would like to play? (In hindsight, I was not prepared for the answer.)
My child responded with Drums.
Here we are 6 months later, and all my misgivings have changed. My child is excelling, and even I, after a tough day, have tried a new beat. (It’s a great way to ease frustration.)
Music therapy supports people to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing. And with a little trial and error, you can find the right instrument.
What is music therapy?
Music Therapy is recognised as a professional allied health therapy.
Music Therapy can be held in groups or as a
one-on-one class. Sessions are tailored by the therapist to meet the needs of the person.
Music therapists can work in partnership with other health professionals such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, and psychologists.
A music therapy session can include
Listening to music selected by the therapist
Listening to music played by the therapist
Making music on an instrument
Writing lyrics and music
Musical experiences are used to achieve non-musical goals
A combination of the above
Music Therapy and The NDIS
Just like Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy can be funded through your NDIS plan if
Music therapy forms part of your NDIS goals
It is conducted by a Music Therapist who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association
It is considered reasonable and necessary
Music Therapy can be useful to learn and apply your functional skills.
Music Therapy can help improve participation and independence through
Improved Language and communication skills
Enhanced Mobility and movement, both gross motor and fine motor skills as well as improved balance
Reduce pain perception
Interpersonal interactions and social skills
Increased memory, attention and cognitive functions
Music therapy can form part of the NDIS Core supports – in either
Participate Community, or in
It may also be part of
Early Intervention (if the therapist is registered for 0 – 7-year-olds).
Allied Health - Therapeutic Supports.
The category the funds come from depends on the exact qualifications of the therapist or the NDIS registration groups of the therapist.