Introduction to Music Therapy!

After talking about us and OAC in the past blog post, I would love to talk about my passion for music therapy and related areas this week. Some might know, I am a qualified music therapist.

I’ve always had an interest in music, and after working with children with challenging behaviors, I decided to study a masters in Music Therapy at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Music Therapy comes under the bracket of Arts Therapies.  Music Therapy sessions involve using sounds and musical interactions alongside words to build a therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client.  Music therapy can be suitable for anyone who would benefit from therapy sessions.

Here are some interesting facts about music therapy that you may not know!

  • Music therapy can help with well being of clients in many different areas.
  • People of all ages can benefit from music therapy
  • Music has been used in a healing capacity for centuries.  Music therapy as we know it began in the aftermath of World Wars I and II, when, particularly in the United Kingdom, musicians would travel to hospitals and play music for soldiers suffering from war-related emotional and physical trauma

 

Music therapy is an extremely versatile form of therapy. Anyone can benefit from music therapy. No two therapy sessions are the same as each client has different goals.

In today’s society, music therapists are not limited to using traditional instruments, but can also incorporate digital sounds into sessions. This can allow clients to express themselves in many different ways, as clients respond to instruments in different ways.

At Ocean Arts Cardiff, you will find numerous instruments that are extremely beneficial for music therapy sessions, such as the guitar, drums, piano, and various percussion instruments.

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The instruments are chosen carefully so clients can pick up anything and make a sound without being musically trained.  The therapist will aim to support the sounds, alongside giving the client enough space to express themselves.

Have any burning questions about music therapy at Ocean Arts Cardiff? Check out our contact details on the right-hand side of the page.

We would love to hear from you!

If you are interested in learning more about music therapy, you should pay these sites a visit:

The British Association for Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Charity

Nordoff Robbins Charity

University of South Wales: Ma Music Therapy

Until next time!

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