Music Therapy

Music plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can be exciting or calming, joyful or poignant, can stir memories and powerfully resonate with our feelings, helping us to express them and to communicate with others.

Music therapy uses these qualities and the musical components of rhythm, melody and tonality to provide a means of relating within a therapeutic relationship. In music therapy, people work with a wide range of accessible instruments and their voices to create a musical language which reflects their emotional and physical condition; this enables them to build connections with their inner selves and with others around them.

Music therapists support the client’s communications with a bespoke combination of improvised or pre-composed instrumental music and voice, either sung or spoken. Individual and group sessions are provided in many settings such as hospitals, schools, hospices and care homes, and the therapist’s approach is informed by different theoretical frameworks, depending on their training and the health needs which are to be met.Music therapy is a psychological therapy which uses the unique qualities of music as a means of interaction between therapist and client. Attentive listening on the part of the therapist is combined with shared musical improvisation using instruments and voices so that people can communicate in their own musical language, whatever their level of ability.

High standards of practice are assured through rigorous training at Masters level, regular clinical supervision, continuous professional development and regulation by the Health and Care Professions Council. Research initiatives, peer reviewed publications and a highly respected journal ensure that music therapy in the UK is of a high quality, setting an international standard of excellence.

British Association for Music Therapy is the national body representing music therapists and music therapy in the UK, following a merger between the previous public and professional bodies. Benefits of membership to BAMT include a regular magazine, subscription to the British Journal of Music Therapy and opportunities to be involved in the work of this prestigious organisation.

Kindly Supplied by:
British Association for Music Therapy
2nd Fl, 24-27 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PD
Tel: 020 7837 6100

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