Music Therapy

Music Therapy consists of both individual and group sessions. We aim to support your child’s abilities in a developmentally appropriate and enjoyable way.

Using music as the medium, the therapist will provide safe opportunities for child-led, independent, interactive and creative participation through the following intervention strategies:

‘Active’ Music Therapy Interventions

These active Music Therapy methods are often used for a variety of clients and diagnoses. The client is invited to be a co-creator in the intervention strategy.

  • Drumming
  • Singing of familiar songs with live or pre-recorded music
  • Instrument exploration (eg. playing instruments such as hand percussion, guitar, keyboard)
  • Improvising music on instruments or voice
  • Song writing (therapist and client co-compose an original song)
  • Writing new lyrics for familiar songs (piggy-back song writing)
  • Adaptive music lessons (eg. learning to play a particular instrument, such as piano or guitar)
  • Creating art with music
  • Movement based musical interventions (eg. dancing or creating choreography for a particular piece of music)
  • Music-assisted relaxation techniques (eg. deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation to preferred live or recorded music)

‘Receptive’ Music Therapy Interventions

These receptive Music Therapy methods are used for specific cases and focus primarily on emotional regulation through music. The client is invited first to be a passive listener, listening with a purpose, in the intervention strategy.

  • Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music
  • Music-assisted relaxation techniques (eg. deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation to preferred live or recorded music)

In Music Therapy, the client, therapist and family will set an overall goal during the course of the sessions. The therapist will then introduce a variety of intervention strategies that can be tailored to fit the client’s abilities. The developmental domains are embedded within each personalized musical intervention (communication, gross and fine motor, social/emotional regulation, sensory, and cognitive).

Examples of goals during Music Therapy:

  • Improved communication
  • Increased social functioning
  • Increased awareness of self and independent self-expression