Who is it for?
Music is a universal language and an alternative form of communication. In our first primary relationship, there is innate musicality in our pre-verbal communication (Malloch & Trevarthen 2009). Music Therapy recognises the inner musicality of every individual regardless of prior musical experience. It can help with maintaining well being through engaging with one’s own creativity. Music can serve as an important emotional outlet, an alternative means of expression and through the supportive therapy process, a pathway towards improved quality of life.
Varying levels of intervention can be tailored to the needs of each individual. In the initial sessions, informal assessment can help to establish whether music therapy and the partnership which develops is going to be of value. As an example, music can be used to support improved communication, social interaction and emotional well being. Music therapy is an inclusive therapy, catering for all regardless of age, physical or intellectual ability, or emotional and mental wellness.
My own experience thus far includes working with people of varying ages (3 -100) across a wide range of settings. This includes primary and secondary school, nursing home, family resource centre as well as private referrals. I have had the pleasure of working with primary school aged children with ASD, children with mild to profound intellectual disability and those in mainstream education with emotional or behavioural issues. Adolescents within school setting and in the community. Adults with mild intellectual disability, adults with dementia and adults with a range of mental health issues.
Sessions format can be for an individual or with groups. Workshops and information presentations can also be arranged.
Music therapy is currently regulated by IACAT – Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists. Every registered Music Therapist has undergone a comprehensive and recognised Masters Degree.