Music Therapy is the scientific use of music interventions within a therapeutic relationship towards observable or measurable functional, educational, rehabilitative, or well-being outcomes by a credentialed professional (Association for Music Therapy Singapore, n.d.). In Music Therapy, music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, communicative, social, spiritual, and musical needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist designs a treatment plan using a variety of evidence-based music experiences. In other words, music therapy is a reflexive process wherein the therapist helps the client to optimise their health, using various facets of the music experience and the relationships formed through them as the impetus for growth (Bruscia, 2014).
Music therapists engage clients in a variety of evidence-based music experiences to promote health and well-being. These evidence-based interventions include: -Improvisational music experiences, where the client creates music in the moment -Re-creative music experiences, where the client learns, sings, plays, or performs pre-composed music -Compositional music experiences, where the client writes lyrics or songs, or composes instrumental pieces -Receptive music experiences, where the client listens to music and responds to the experience
Applications of Music Therapy
Music Therapy has been used in numerous settings with a variety of populations. In special education settings, music therapy helps children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social interaction capacities, non-verbal and verbal communication skills, initiating behaviour, social-emotional reciprocity, and parent-child relationship quality (Geretsegger et al., 2014). In mental health settings, music therapy helps to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve functioning of depressed individuals (Aalbers et al., 2017), as well as improve the global state, mental state, social functioning, and quality of life of people with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like disorders (Geretsegger, 2017). In medical settings, music therapy can help reduce anxiety and improve psychological and physical outcomes in patients who are undergoing surgery (Bradt et al., 2013), are mechanically ventilated (Bradt & Dileo, 2014), are diagnosed with cancer (Bradt et al., 2016), and have coronary heart disease (Bradt et al., 2013). In neurorehabilitation, music therapy can benefit patients with acquired brain injuries in areas of gait, upper extremity function, communication, and quality of life (Magee et al., 2017). In geriatric facilities, music therapy helps people with dementia reduce anxiety, and improve emotional well-being and quality of life (van der Steen, 2018).
Music Therapy Programmes
We provide both individual and group music therapy services. When you schedule an initial consult, the music therapist will meet with you to discuss your concerns, conduct an assessment to identify your needs, make recommendations based on the assesment results, and design a treatment plan to achieve your goals.
Our group music therapy programmes include:
Musicking Together – This programme supports children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in their social-emotional development. Through playing instruments, singing, moving to music, and other music experiences, participants will develop self-awareness of their own feelings, learn how to manage their own behaviours, engage with others meaningfully, and develop healthy relationships with others.
Drumming Together – This programme supports children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in their social-emotional development. Through drumming, rhythm-based interventions, and other percussive experiences, participants will develop self-awareness of their bodies, learn how to manage their movements, and enhance their capacity to engage with others meaningfully.
Singing Together – This programme supports children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in their social-emotional development. Through singing, voicework, and other vocal-related experiences, participants will explore their voices in music, develop confidence, understand how their bodies feel, and learn to communicate and relate to others.
Musical Explorations: Emotions & Me – This programme supports adolescents and young adults with special needs and mental health conditions in their identity development. Through song discussion, music improvisations, songwriting, and other music experiences, participants will develop self-awareness into how they feel, learn strategies to manage and cope, discover themselves, and enhance their sense of self.