What is Music Therapy
Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional well-being and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between client and therapist. It can help develop and facilitate communication skills, improve self-confidence and independence, enhance self-awareness and awareness of others, improve concentration and attention skills.
Central to how music therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that is established and developed, through engagement in live musical interaction and play between a therapist and client. A wide range of musical styles and instruments can be used, including the voice, and the music is often improvised. Using music in this way enables clients to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves.
Taken from British Association of Music Therapy Website.
What we offer at Treloar’s?
We offer Music Therapy throughout the school and college from BELONG, pre-school group all the way through the school and college up to the young adults we support. Some students have one Music Therapy listed on their Education, Health Care Plans or others for whom Music Therapy has been highlighted through our referral system as a way to offer emotional support in a non-verbal means.
Throughout the school and college the Music therapist also runs Music Therapy groups. These are tailored and flexible to respond to needs of students no matter how complex. The Music Therapist will either work alone or jointly with members of the multidisciplinary team to work together on joint aims and goals.