Music Therapy is a professional allied health discipline that uses music as a tool to address a range of emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs.
It draws on the power of music to arouse emotions that can be used to motivate and engage students towards achievement of their therapeutic goals.
Music Therapy focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, which distinguishes it from musical entertainment or music education.
Music Therapy assists in strengthening abilities and developing skills so they can be transferred to other areas of a student’s life. The goals of Music Therapy differ for each individual student, but can include using music to:
- facilitate communication and social skills
- develop emotional expression
- build self-confidence
- increase awareness
- develop motor skills
- provide opportunities for stimulation
- improve quality of life
The music therapy methods used to meet these goals can include:
- Song writing
- Instrumental playing
- Movement to music
- Singing and vocal activities
- Use of music technology
- Music listening
- Educational/instructional songs.
Glenallen employs a qualified Music Therapist (RMT) who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association.
The Music Therapist works across all areas of the school in both group and individual sessions, and collaborates with other therapy and teaching staff to provide a consistent and holistic approach to active learning in special education.